Kentucky attorney accused of human trafficking, sex crimes involving minors

Robert Lawrence Poole
Robert Lawrence Poole

An attorney from Northern Kentucky has been indicted on charges of human trafficking and sex crimes involving minors.

Robert Lawrence Poole, 50, was indicted by a Kenton County grand jury on Thursday after a 9-month investigation by the Kentucky attorney general’s office and the Erlanger Police Department, according to news releases.

Police said they have identified several victims, and they believe there are still others.

Investigators in Campbell County who had been involved in the case against former Campbell District Judge Timothy Nolan contacted Erlanger police in February, after they discovered evidence that implicated Poole, Erlanger police said.

In May, Nolan, 71, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to human trafficking charges. The attorney general’s office said there were 19 victims in that case, which involved human trafficking of adults and minors.

The attorney general said Poole is facing two counts of human trafficking of a minor for commercial sexual activity, three counts of human trafficking of an adult for commercial sexual activity, one count of unlawful transaction with a minor under 16 for illegal sexual activity, two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor under 18 for illegal sexual activity, five counts of complicity to human trafficking of an adult for sexual activity, one count of third-degree rape and one count of bribing a witness.

Poole was arrested Friday by the Erlanger Police Department. He was being held in the Kenton County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

Erlanger police asked anyone with information about the case to call them at 859-727-2424.