Robert Poole, a longtime Northern Kentucky lawyer, was sentenced to 8 many years in prison, get to pay back $40,000 and requested to remain absent from the 9 different victims in his case.
Poole, 53, pleaded guilty to five felony counts of advertising and marketing human trafficking in October.
In a push launch Friday, Kentucky Attorney Normal Daniel Cameron claimed Poole’s eight calendar year sentence is currently probated for five yrs with disorders.
The investigation into Poole stemmed from one more scenario involving former Northern Kentucky Judge Tim Nolan. Nolan was sentences to 20 many years in prison in 2018.
Each Nolan and Poole acquired notoriety exterior of the courtroom for staying active in conservative politics in the location. Nolan was a distinguished campaigner for former president Donald Trump.
In the class of Poole’s scenario, his attorney’s argued that the human trafficking statute in Kentucky does not utilize to their client and is extremely broad.
Their attempts to establish this place may well lose mild on how Poole seen what he was doing:
“Historically, a man ‘kept’ a mistress. As the term impolies he was liable for her debts and presented for her,” Poole’s legal professionals wrote. “[Kentucky’s human trafficking law] would regard these mistresses as human being subjected to commercial sexual activity and as victims.”
They also argued females in loveless marriages would also be viewed as victims below the legislation.
“Below any feasible circumstance, a man in the wealthier course generally has, at a minimum, fiscal electrical power, over a woman who scarcely has the funds to are living month-to-month,” the attorneys wrote arguing that the law would completely wrong classify this unequal electric power as “drive or coercion.”
They reported the condition is applying the human trafficking legislation as a resource to “make a course technique” in which persons in one course are unable to have sexual romance with men and women in other lessons.
The argument went on to say the regulation would avert a guy from hoping to “rating” on a very first date if he buys the lady dinner and gifts.
“The Commonwealth would say that the girl was manipulated mainly because they had been on unequal footing,” the law firm mentioned.
The prosecution mentioned the statute as it is composed evidently does not even encompass “consensual business sexual relationships amongst grownups” and the choose turned down Poole’s stance.
As component of the Poole sentence handed down in Kenton County Circuit Court Friday, a 10-12 months protecting get was place in put for the victims and Poole will have to spend $40,000 to the Human Trafficking Victims Fund.
Poole has another human trafficking case open up towards him in Boone County. He has pleaded guilty to two rates in that situation as properly and will be sentenced on individuals costs Jan. 6.