Attorney Suspended After He’s Charged With Human Trafficking

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a longtime attorney from southern Ohio who’s charged with human trafficking involving his former clients.

The state attorney disciplinary board told the court that attorney Michael Mearan, of Portsmouth, was a danger to the public.

The court said Friday it would suspend Mearan for an interim period.

The 75-year-old has denied the accusations against him, saying they were based on testimony from “numerous felons” who received favorable treatment for cooperating.

Authorities say he was involved with a sex trafficking operation and targeted women who were poor, addicted to drugs and facing criminal charges.