Robert Poole, a longtime Northern Kentucky attorney, was sentenced to 8 many years in prison, purchase to fork out $40,000 and ordered to remain absent from the nine unique victims in his case.
Poole, 53, pleaded guilty to five felony counts of promoting human trafficking in October.
In a press launch Friday, Kentucky Lawyer Common Daniel Cameron reported Poole’s eight 12 months sentence is currently probated for five a long time with situations.
The investigation into Poole stemmed from another scenario involving former Northern Kentucky Decide Tim Nolan. Nolan was sentences to 20 several years in prison in 2018.
Equally Nolan and Poole obtained notoriety exterior of the courtroom for staying lively in conservative politics in the area. Nolan was a well known campaigner for former president Donald Trump.
In the study course of Poole’s situation, his attorney’s argued that the human trafficking statute in Kentucky does not use to their client and is overly wide.
Their tries to prove this place may possibly get rid of mild on how Poole viewed what he was undertaking:
“Historically, a guy ‘kept’ a mistress. As the term impolies he was responsible for her debts and offered for her,” Poole’s legal professionals wrote. “[Kentucky’s human trafficking law] would regard these mistresses as particular person subjected to industrial sexual exercise and as victims.”
They also argued gals in loveless marriages would also be thought of victims below the law.
“Under any achievable circumstance, a guy in the wealthier course usually has, at a minimum, economic electricity, in excess of a female who hardly has the finances to stay month-to-thirty day period,” the attorneys wrote arguing that the law would mistaken classify this unequal ability as “force or coercion.”
They mentioned the state is using the human trafficking regulation as a software to “build a class technique” in which individuals in just one class are not able to have sexual marriage with folks in other lessons.
The argument went on to say the regulation would prevent a gentleman from hoping to “score” on a very first date if he buys the lady meal and gifts.
“The Commonwealth would say that the lady was manipulated simply because they ended up on unequal footing,” the law firm explained.
The prosecution mentioned the statute as it is penned plainly does not even encompass “consensual industrial sexual relationships amid grown ups” and the judge rejected Poole’s stance.
As section of the Poole sentence handed down in Kenton County Circuit Courtroom Friday, a 10-12 months protecting order was set in position for the victims and Poole should fork out $40,000 to the Human Trafficking Victims Fund.
Poole has another human trafficking circumstance open up in opposition to him in Boone County. He has pleaded responsible to two rates in that case as effectively and will be sentenced on those costs Jan. 6.