USA – OH : Portsmouth lawyer facing human trafficking charges dies

PORTSMOUTH, OH (WOWK) – 75-year-old Michael Mearan, a lawyer in Portsmouth, Ohio was facing nine counts of promoting prostitution, five counts of compelling prostitution, three counts of human trafficking, and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

These charges are from criminal activity involving six female victims that allegedly occurred between 2003 and 2018.

Mearan operated a law firm in the city of Portsmouth until his arrest in 2020. He pleaded not guilty and had posted his bail of three-hundred thousand dollars a few days after his arrest.

His death was confirmed by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost Friday evening. This sudden news comes just a little more than a month away from his trial.