Northern Ky. attorney facing multiple sex crime charges

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) -  A Northern Kentucky attorney has been indicted by a Kenton County grand jury for numerous sex crimes including rape and human trafficking in a case which developed after the conviction of a former judge on similar charges. 


Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Friday that Robert L. Poole, 50, of Burlington was indicted on a total of 15 counts, which include:


--Two counts of human trafficking of a minor for commercial sexual activity, Class B felonies.


--One count of unlawful transaction with a minor under 16 for illegal sexual activity, Class B felony.


--Two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor under 18 for illegal sexual activity, Class C felonies.


--Three counts of human trafficking of an adult for commercial sexual activity, Class C felonies.


--Five counts of complicity to human trafficking of an adult for commercial sexual activity, Class C felonies.


--One count of third-degree rape, a Class D felony.


--One count of bribing a witness, a Class D felony.


Prosecutors from Beshear’s Special Prosecutions Division are handling the case against Poole in Kenton Circuit Court.


Poole was arrested on Friday and lodged in the Kenton County Detention Center on a $100,000 full cash bond.


According to the Attorney General’s Office, the investigation into Poole, an Erlanger attorney, began after the Campbell County Police Department referred information to the Erlanger Police Department following the 20-year sentencing of former Campbell County District Judge Timothy Nolan.


Nolan, 71, was sentenced this past May, after he pleaded guilty in February 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 is scheduled for arraignment on Nov. 26 in Kenton Circuit Court.  

 

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