Attorney charged with rape, human trafficking

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A Northern Kentucky attorney has been indicted on numerous sex crime charges, including rape and human trafficking.

Robert L. Poole, a personal injury lawyer from Burlington, owned his own practice in Erlanger.

Poole, 50, was indicted and charged on 15 counts Thursday.

The charges include two counts of human trafficking of a minor, one count of unlawful transaction with a minor under 16, two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor under 18, three counts of human trafficking of an adult, five counts of complicity to human trafficking of an adult, one count of third-degree rape and one count of bribing a witness.

Poole was arrested in connection with the investigation of a convicted ex-judge, investigators said.

Campbell County Police Department referred information to the Erlanger Police Department following the 20-year conviction of former Campbell County District Judge Timothy Nolan.

Nolan, 71, was sentenced to 20 years in May. He took a plea deal on 21 counts, including human trafficking of adults, promoting human trafficking of minors and unlawful transaction with minors, against 19 victims.

As part of his plea agreement, Nolan paid $110,000 in asset forfeiture and to the Human Trafficking Victims Fund – within the executive branch’s Justice and Public Safety Cabinet – which was established in 2013.

Poole was arrested and is being housed in the Kenton County Detention Center. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 26 in Kenton Circuit Court.

WLWT’s Brian Hamrick will have more on this story. We will update as details develop.

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