Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty to human trafficking charge involving five victims

Published 7:58 am Saturday, October 30, 2021

An attorney from Northern Kentucky has pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges involving five victims.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Friday announced that Robert L. Poole, 53, 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.

Poole, an attorney based in Boone County, was indicted in Kenton Circuit Court in November 2018 on multiple counts of human trafficking.  Sentencing is set for December 16, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

The investigation was led by the Erlanger Police Department.  Erlanger Police received information regarding Poole from the investigation of former Campbell County District Judge Tim Nolan.  Nolan was sentenced in 2018 to 20 years in prison for human trafficking charges.

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.