Trump Campaign Co-Chair Gets 20-Year Sentence For Trafficking Minors

Trump Campaign Co-Chair Gets 20-Year Sentence For Trafficking Minors

Former Trump campaign chairman and Tea Party advocate Timothy Nolan has pleaded guilty to human trafficking and other charges. Nolan, 71, served as a district judge 40 years ago. More recently, he had become an outspoken political figure in the mold of Joe Arpaio or Roy Moore. He often showed up at public hearings to rail against tax increases. Sometimes, he filed lawsuits, like one to prevent tax dollars from funding public libraries. He campaigned for President Donald Trump and was Trump’s co-chair in strongly Republican Campbell County. Riding the Trump wave in 2016, Nolan won election to the Campbell County School Board. He resigned that seat when his legal troubles began.

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When Roy Moore ran for Senate in Alabama, President Donald Trump vigorously defended Moore. On claims Moore molested a 14-year-old girl, Trump said of Moore, “He totally denies it.” Never one to say something only once, Trump added, “He says it didn’t happen. You have to listen to him, also.” He finished with, “I do have to say, 40 years is a long time.” While Trump’s defense of Moore was despicable, it relied on twin pillars as a defense. The first was that what happened 40 or more years ago is water under the bridge. Nobody brought it up before. He was never charged with a crime, or even accused. The second is that people change. The argument for Moore was that, while denying the accusations, even if he did do it, it should be excused. Things were different back then. He has led an exemplary life since.

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The reality is, crimes from 40 years ago that took this long to reach the light are still crimes. And that it took 40 years to reach the light does not mean the perpetrator lived an exemplary life since. The indictments initially filed against Timothy Nolan date back to 1965, farther back than even the Roy Moore allegations. Nolan would have been 18. Court documents alleged the rape of a woman over the age of 12. The most recent charge dates to September 2016, while Nolan was Trump’s campaign chair. The charges for recent incidents included two counts of human trafficking, one count of attempted human trafficking with a minor, one count of sodomy, and three counts of unlawful transaction with a minor.

abuse Accusations Stretching over half a century

Judge Kathleen Lape read a list of accusations aloud in the courtroom: Nolan paid some victims with heroin and painkillers in exchange for sex. He threatened one victim, who lived on his property, with eviction unless she performed sex acts on him. Nolan was fond of using his connections to further his sexual extortion. He told some of his victims (including some that were underage) that he would turn them over to the FBI if they failed to comply with his sexual demands.

What is most troubling is that the punishment does not seem adequate for the crimes. Nolan’s plea agreement calls for a 20-year sentence, with the possibility of parole after four years. He faced more than 100 years in prison. At 71, this would effectively be a life sentence. The charges he pleaded guilty to cover 19 of the 21 women or girls accusing him of victimizing them.

Sorry Not Sorry

Worse, Nolan’s attorney Margo Grubbs made statements after the sentencing that hardly give confidence Nolan understands how he victimized helpless girls and that he is remorseful for his crimes.

“He took full personal responsibility for these acts that in his potential day and generation would not necessarily be considered to rise to the level of human trafficking.

So, he takes full responsibility, other than disputing the very charges to which he just pleaded guilty?

“I’m saying the underlying facts as alleged by victims do not necessarily equate to what really happened because we all know in life there are two sides to every story.”

Here is the Trump/Roy Moore defense. He said, she said, but we all know “she” is not smart enough to understand the realities of life? Girls (some of them high-school age) alleged that Nolan provided them drugs, alcohol, and/or money and demanded (or extorted via threats) sex in return. The investigation began in December 2016 when one of Nolan’s victims reported Nolan’s behavior to her school resource officer. Many alleged he preferred them intoxicated or high when the sex acts took place. That is the “she said” part. Mr. Nolan (or his attorney) is welcome to contact me if they would like the “he said” part included. I will gladly update this article.

“The sad part of it is, often times the criminal defendant finds themselves at an insurmountable obstacle in order to prove complete innocence.”

Nolan’s attorney did go to law school, right, or is this a continuing part of the Trump plan to discredit the Constitution and the rule of law? The burden (often quite significant) is on the prosecution, not the defense. There is no need to prove complete innocence, only reasonable doubt.

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Nolan’s is not the first Trump-related sex scandal to hit Kentucky. In December 2017, State Representative Dan Johnson committed suicide. Johnson was a Trump acolyte who referred to his 2016 opponent as “Lyin’ Linda” and targeted Muslims and President Barack Obama with his campaign rhetoric. An underage girl accused Johnson of forcing himself on an underage girl at a church sleepover.

Remember, Trump only picks the best people. Just watch your daughters around them.

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Dave Weaver is a freelance political journalist and author. Born in Pennsylvania, which was home most of his life, Dave has called Maryland, New York, Kentucky, Arkansas, Ohio, and Maine home over the last decade. All the wandering has allowed Dave to experience America (and Americans) from a variety of perspectives. For a political junkie, the insights gained from this exposure are invaluable.