PORTSMOUTH The home of a Portsmouth attorney named in a 2015 federal affidavit as a key player in a prostitution ring was raided Wednesday by Ohio authorities.

The Scioto Candor reported in December 2017 that Michael Mearan, 74, was named in a DEA wiretap affidavit as part a prostitution ring involving a Columbus drug dealer. In an abridged version of the affidavit, Mearan is accused of supplying women with his legal services, clothing, food and other goods in order to pimp them out to local businessmen, a judge and correctional facility staff.

Those revelations later became the focus of a long-form article by the Cincinnati Enquirer in 2019, which included interviews with 10 women accusing Mearan of pimping them out. A follow-up article revealed the involvement of two probation officers in the ring.

Ohio media reports show authorities have been tight lipped about the raid and have not confirmed whether or not an arrest is imminent. Mearan was briefly detained outside of his home — which serves has his office — before he left the scene, per the reports. Ohio Attorney General David Yost was reportedly on the scene.

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