Robert Poole, a longtime Northern Kentucky law firm, was sentenced to eight many years in prison, purchase to spend $40,000 and ordered to stay away from the 9 various victims in his circumstance.
Poole, 53, pleaded guilty to 5 felony counts of promoting human trafficking in October.
In a push release Friday, Kentucky Lawyer Common Daniel Cameron stated Poole’s eight year sentence is currently probated for 5 many years with disorders.
The investigation into Poole stemmed from an additional case involving former Northern Kentucky Judge Tim Nolan. Nolan was sentences to 20 years in prison in 2018.
Both equally Nolan and Poole obtained notoriety outside of the courtroom for getting active in conservative politics in the location. Nolan was a well known campaigner for former president Donald Trump.
In the study course of Poole’s circumstance, his attorney’s argued that the human trafficking statute in Kentucky does not utilize to their customer and is extremely wide.
Their tries to verify this point may shed light on how Poole seen what he was accomplishing:
“Traditionally, a gentleman ‘kept’ a mistress. As the term impolies he was responsible for her money owed and furnished for her,” Poole’s lawyers wrote. “[Kentucky’s human trafficking law] would regard these mistresses as individual subjected to industrial sexual exercise and as victims.”
They also argued ladies in loveless marriages would also be deemed victims less than the law.
“Less than any feasible circumstance, a man in the wealthier course generally has, at a minimal, money electric power, over a female who scarcely has the funds to live month-to-thirty day period,” the legal professionals wrote arguing that the law would wrong classify this unequal electrical power as “power or coercion.”
They claimed the state is applying the human trafficking law as a instrument to “develop a class method” in which folks in one course cannot have sexual romantic relationship with individuals in other lessons.
The argument went on to say the legislation would avoid a guy from hoping to “score” on a initially day if he purchases the female meal and items.
“The Commonwealth would say that the girl was manipulated mainly because they were on unequal footing,” the attorney claimed.
The prosecution stated the statute as it is prepared clearly does not even encompass “consensual professional sexual associations amid adults” and the choose rejected Poole’s stance.
As element of the Poole sentence handed down in Kenton County Circuit Court docket Friday, a 10-calendar year protecting get was place in spot for the victims and Poole ought to pay back $40,000 to the Human Trafficking Victims Fund.
Poole has one more human trafficking circumstance open versus him in Boone County. He has pleaded guilty to two costs in that circumstance as perfectly and will be sentenced on those people rates Jan. 6.