Former Campbell County judge Tim Nolan used drugs, money, threats and other means to coerce women, some of them addicted to drugs, to have sex with him, prosecutors have charged in court filings this week.
The motion, filed Monday by Assistant Attorney General Barbara Whaley, and attached search warrants offer the most detailed glimpse behind the charges of human trafficking and prostitution against Nolan.
“The defendant used money, drugs, housing, threats to call the probation office and violent acts as means to coerce, deceive and force these women to engage in commercial sexual activity for months and sometimes years,” Whaley wrote in the motion.
Nolan remained in the Campbell County jail Thursday under a $750,000 cash bond and, if found guilty, faces more than 100 years in prison. The list of victims detailed by prosecutors is more than 12, including several minors. A Campbell County grand jury on Thursday indicted Nolan on 22 more counts, including 16 more counts of human trafficking, four of which involved victims under the age of 18.
The case has drawn significant interest and speculation ever since police searched Nolan’s southern Campbell County farm in February.
Nolan, who served as a Campbell County district judge in the 1970s and 1980s, became a prominent conservative political activist. He campaigned locally for President Donald Trump and was a fixture at local government and tea party meetings.
One woman, identified as Jane Doe 1, told police she first had sex with Nolan in January 2016 when he “pressured her” to have sex in exchange for $100, according to an affidavit to a search warrant served in May. She told police she was addicted to heroin, “essentially homeless” and had no means of transportation.
Jane Doe 1 estimated that she had sex with Nolan in exchange for money more than 50 times, often told by Nolan to do drugs and alcohol beforehand, the warrant stated. She claimed in the statement that Nolan would buy heroin for her and record her shooting up.
Another victim, identified in the warrant as Jane Doe 2, also said she was addicted to heroin and relied on Nolan for income, food and transportation.
“She stated that she felt ‘100 percent coerced and did not want to do what she did,’” the search warrant stated.
Nolan’s lawyer, Margo Grubbs, didn’t return a message seeking comment. She has maintained his innocence. So has Nolan.
But they haven’t said much publicly about what Nolan’s side of the story is. Grubbs has said at court hearings that some of the victims have tried to contact Nolan and see how he’s doing. She has alluded to the charges being part of a political vendetta.
“This is my attorney and my attorney tells me I cannot make any statements,” Nolan said after a hearing in May. “I can tell you we have a great Constitution and I have a great attorney and we will vigorously defend this.”