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Attorney Robert Poole pleads guilty in Kenton Circuit Court to five counts of promoting human trafficking

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

A Northern Kentucky attorney has pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges involving several victims, in a case that grew out of a previous human trafficking investigation, Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Friday.

Robert L. Poole, 53, an attorney in Boone County, pleaded guilty in Kenton Circuit Court to five counts of Promoting Human Trafficking – commercial sex activity, which is a Class D felony, involving five different victims.

Robert Poole

Poole, an attorney based in Boone County, was indicted in Kenton Circuit Court in November 2018 on multiple counts of human trafficking.

The investigation in this case was led by the Erlanger Police Department. Officers say they received information regarding Poole from the investigation of former Campbell County District Judge Tim Nolan, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $100,000 after pleading guilty to human trafficking charges involving both women and underage girls in 2018.

Assistant Attorney General Barbara Whaley prosecuted the case involving Timothy Nolan on behalf of the Commonwealth.

Whaley and Assistant Attorney General Denise Durbin prosecuted Poole’s case. Charges against Poole remain pending in Boone County.

Earlier this year, Attorney General Cameron launched the Your Eyes Save Lives human trafficking awareness campaign to assist Kentuckians in recognizing and reporting the signs of human trafficking.  To learn more, visit youreyessavelives.ky.gov.

Sentencing for Poole is scheduled for December 16. 

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