Tim Nolan, a local Republican political figure and the former chair of the Trump campaign for Campbell County, Kentucky, has been arrested and charged with “felony human trafficking of a minor, felony inducing a minor to engage in sex, and a third count of giving alcohol to a minor,” according to an indictment filed in Boone County, KY earlier this week.
According to the The River City News, who obtained the indictment on Friday, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has charged Nolan with “human trafficking (a class B felony), first degree unlawful transaction with a minor (a class C felony), and third degree unlawful transaction with a minor (a class A misdemeanor).” All of the alleged felonies were committed in 2016, while he was chair of the Campbell County arm of the Trump campaign.
Nolan is a well-known conservative figure in the Northern Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. He’s a former county district judge and current member of the Board of Education for Campbell County. He maintains close ties to the Tea Party.
He’s also no stranger to controversy. As a supporter of Donald Trump during the Republican primary, he took-on the senior senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, over control of the state’s Republican delegation.
During the campaign, Nolan also received a generous appointment to the state’s Boxing and Wrestling Commission. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R) was forced to rescind the appointment, however, over a controversial photo that was posted to his own Facebook page that showed Nolan in a KKK-inspired outfit. Nolan insisted at the time that the photo was doctored.
While the alleged KKK affiliation was too much for the Kentucky governor, it didn’t seem to bother the Trump campaign, who chose not to remove him from his role.
We’re betting he won’t be around for the 2020 campaign, however.
You can see the local ABC News affiliate’s report below.
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