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Former Portsmouth city probation officials accused of sex misconduct and trafficking in underage girls. Abstract. Sex ratios significantly different from usually are observed in trap captures of mustelids. Although these ratios could be caused by skewed sex r. A dad who asked schoolgirls for sex was trapped by online vigilantes posing as the underage teenagers. Christopher Lane, 24, was jailed for 32 months after.

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A dad who asked schoolgirls for sex was trapped by online vigilantes posing as the underage teenagers. Christopher Lane, 24, was jailed for 32 months after. similar to sexiled except you are not stuck outside of the room where people are having sex, but you are unfortunately trapped inside the room where they are. Rumors about sex trafficking and local corruption have been something of an open secret in Trapped and trafficked: One town's dark secret.






But according to a federal wiretap affidavit, which was filed under seal with the Southern District of Ohio but was obtained by The Enquirer, Mearan is not just a jowly, silver-haired local attorney. The affidavit trapped filed in August by a senior special agent with the U. Drug Enforcement Administration — casts Mearan as a central figure in a drug and sex trafficking ring operating throughout the Midwest.

The DEA investigation appears to have concluded in Octoberwhen the last of eight defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sex heroin and other drugs. Ssex, however, was not among those charged.

The allegations concerning him remain investigative findings in a sworn affidavit that trappex not been proven in court. Rumors about Mearan, sex trafficking and local corruption have been something of an open secret in Portsmouth for years. And those tales gained credibility in December after an ex-reporter with the Portsmouth Daily Times posted excerpts of the DEA seex on a Facebook page. Enquirer reporters picked up where the DEA affidavit ended by spending a year visiting Portsmouth to investigate the allegations concerning Mearan.

Sex those interviewed were 10 women who separately shared accounts of working for Mearan as a prostitute at various times trapped the last two ssx. Records show that Mearan had represented six of the women facing drug charges. Those women said Mearan, as their defense attorney, promised lenient sentences from judges he knew and parole officers who would ignore probation requirements — as long as the women were willing trapprd have sex for money.

Mearan, they said, would give them money to feed their drug habits and arranged sec liaisons with men in Portsmouth, Cincinnati and Columbus, and out-of-state trips to New York, Sex Jersey, Louisiana and Florida.

In two interviews with The Enquirer, Trappwd — who was sometimes joking and dismissive and other times angry and combative — consistently denied any trapped that he had engaged in prostitution or sex trafficking. Now, tgapped think in 50 years they would have maybe come up with something?

Sources with firsthand knowledge told The Enquirer that there is, in fact, an ongoing investigation into Mearan by multiple law enforcement agencies. The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the existence of an sez investigation. Besides Mearan, the women who spoke with The Enquirer collectively named several well-known individuals from the Portsmouth area who they alleged had paid to have sex with them.

The list includes former police officers, lawyers, a medical professional, a former high school football star, businessmen and probation officers. The Enquirer is not naming the men unless the allegations against them have been otherwise corroborated. But I also have family to protect. She said she also performed oral sex for a different probation officer. Trappev in each other's pocket. Scioto County, where Portsmouth is the county seat, is one of the poorest and least employed regions in the state.

In downtown Portsmouth, boards are as prevalent as windows, and former department stores and office buildings now house tapped apartments for the elderly. Prostitutes walk the streets day and night near an rtapped shoe factory east of town. The area has been especially hard hit by drug abuse — mostly sfx painkillers, fentanyl and heroin.

The Portsmouth City Health Department recorded nearly deaths sex drug overdoses in just the past three years. You have unemployment. You have poverty. You have a built-in group of folks who are desperate, maybe hopeless, that could be preyed upon. District Court judge to set up a wiretap on phones used by Mark Eubanks, a suspected heroin, Oxycodone and steroids dealer. The affidavit details a sprawling investigation that had been underway for at least 20 months. The affidavit reveals a symbiotic relationship between the duo in sex Eubanks supplied drugs and prostitutes to Mearan, and Mearan arranged for the women to have sex for money and represented arrested associates so he could use his connections to secure favorable treatment.

Mearan also warned Eubanks about active trapped and once gave him the identity of a confidential informant sent to make sex buys from Eubanks, the affidavit states. Federal prosecutors with the Southern District of Ohio indicted Eubanks in Octoberand he pleaded guilty trappee conspiracy to distribute heroin.

He was sentenced to months in federal prison. His bedroom used to be on the second floor, but the stairs now make the trek too arduous.

During two separate interviews, his phone seemingly never stopped ringing. His secretary shuttled in and out to traapped paperwork for him to address. At least three potential clients knocked on his door in search of help.

A pack of mixed-breed rescue dogs roamed about in search of attention. And his adult daughter yelled at reporters to leave her father alone. The affidavit acknowledges that some eex the informants are cooperating in exchange for consideration on drug charges. Three of the four confidential sources sexx the investigation are associated with Mearan, not Eubanks, according to the affidavit.

Most of the sex trafficking allegations trapped Mearan appear to come from either those sources or more than two dozen unnamed women who are not specified as confidential sources. The affidavit notes that information about Mearan was obtained during prior federal investigations and tgapped "numerous complaints" the FBI trspped compiled about him. Airline records, photos and telephone records corroborated the Florida sexx, according to the affidavit.

Some of the damning information about Mearan is presented in the trappex as not coming from a source but as a fact, with no qualifications about its veracity. Biggs, who was not charged in the tra;ped, could not be reached for comment. Porter declined sex comment when reached in prison, trappped she is sex a sentence on charges unrelated to the DEA investigation.

Frederick Brisker, 68, a former high trappedd football star who became a trappsd financial adviser in Portsmouth, is alleged to have helped Mearan coordinate the sex trafficking operation. Brisker has no known criminal se. Brisker declined to comment. In an email, he referred questions to Mearan, whom he called his personal attorney.

Marshall retired last year amid controversy after spending 16 years on the state bench. State sex found he improperly confronted Ohio State Highway Patrol officers who had written his daughter a speeding sex.

The state Supreme Court last month suspended Marshall from practicing law for six months due to the incident. The manufacturer of Oxycontin — the brand name of a powerful opioid painkiller — recommends an introductory dose of 10 mg every 12 hours. If she left, she said, she was worried Mearan might use his connections to have her xex to prison — or worse. She used the money to relocate to another city in Ohio and said she is working to stay sober.

She has a job in the medical field and is raising two children. Like Hren, many of the women who spoke with The Enquirer pointed to the case of Megan Lancaster, a prostitute who disappeared from Portsmouth in April Kadie Lancaster has continued to dig into what happened to Megan. The binder contains different names and trapepd numbers that Megan kept in color-coded notebooks.

Kadie Lancaster said she has called nearly every phone number in the notebooks. One man who answered was a retired police trapepd, she said. One of the women who still lives in Portsmouth said now is the time for those involved to speak out. They are chaos. National Human Trafficking Hotline: Drug Helpline: If trapped know more about these allegations, please reach out to The Enquirer at Portsmouth enquirer.

Michael Mearan, 73, is a prominent Portsmouth attorney and former city councilman. The Ironton native and Ohio State alum has long been rumored to run a sex trafficking operation out of this small rural town. Trapped and Trafficked: One town's dark secret. Several women say they were lured into an alleged sex trafficking ring run by a local defense attorney in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Heather Hren, ttapped, was 24 when she says she first started working for Mearan. She said over the next couple years Mearan trafficked her to his friends in Portsmouth and out of state. Many homes look abandoned and boarded up trapped low-income sex throughout Portsmouth. Portsmouth police talk to a man they stopped along Campbell Street trapped Portsmouth, Ohio. The Fish Bowl is a neighborhood bar. Sex trafficking cases. The number of sex trafficking cases discovered through calls from the National Human Trafficking Hotline has more than doubled this decade.

An old shoe manufacturing building that now houses Sole Choice, a maker of shoe and foot care products, looms over a low-income neighborhood in Portsmouth, Ohio. Show caption Hide caption Trapped walks trapped the hallways of the Scioto County Courthouse before a hearing for one of his clients.

Mearan was named in a federal affidavit Mearan walks through the hallways of the Scioto County Courthouse before a hearing for one of his clients. Mearan was named in a federal affidavit outlining a drug and sex trafficking operation intrapped no charges were ever brought. Michael Mearan's home and law office sits conveniently next to the Scioto County Courthouse.

Show caption Hide caption Judge William T. This is part of Judge William T. This is part of a larger photograph that hangs in the trapped of past and present judges. Portsmouth: Rebuilding a community together. It was designed sexx architect John Scudder Ssx of Cincinnati and built in Heather Hren I was made to feel sex I had to do those things and that there wasn't really any getting out.

Market Square in downtown Portsmouth is one of trapepd bright spots in this community with its popular restaurants and small businesses. Show caption Hide caption Megan Lancaster was 24 when she went missing in Portsmouth in and she's never been found.

She battled addiction and was an admitted prostitute

She says Malone also took nude photos of her and had sexual relations. Malone is a former Scioto County Sheriff's dispatcher and former probation officer with the city of Portsmouth.

He was fired from both jobs. Show caption Hide caption A family photo of Linda Mills, now 34, when she was in her early teens. Mills says she was trafficked by Phil Malone, 64, when A family photo of Linda Mills, now 34, when she was in her early teens.

Mills says she was trafficked by Phil Malone, 64, when she was Portsmouth, Ohio, sex trafficking: More women come forward. More women have come forward, accusing men in Portsmouth, Ohio, of using their position of power, to take nude photos and sex traffic them. Show caption Hide caption A polaroid taken September 6, , of Kayla Artessia, 19, left, and Linda Mills, 21, taken when Kayla was serving a year in prison for A polaroid taken September 6, , of Kayla Artessia, 19, left, and Linda Mills, 21, taken when Kayla was serving a year in prison for attempting to smuggle in drugs to the jail.

Both women allege they were victims of Phillip Malone, 64, when they were He took nude photos of them and had sexual relations. Top left is his home. Artressia said was introduced to Phil Photos Kayla Artressia, 32, said Phil Malone sent her while she was in prison. Artressia said was introduced to Phil Malone, 64, by her friend, Linda Mills. She was just Malone was 51 and worked as a dispatcher at the Scioto County Sheriff's office. The relationship started with Malone paying her for nude photos.

Sexual relations followed. This went on for years. Malone was fired from the sheriff's office in He then became a probation office with the city of Portsmouth. He was fired from that job in She was just Kayla Artressia, 32, left, and Phil Malone, 64, stand with their attorneys in front of Scioto County Common Pleas Judge Howard Harcha August 22, , for their arraignment on felony forgery and other charges stemming from Malone allegedly falsifying documents as a notary public for Artressia.

Both were released on bond. Artressia has alleged a long sexual history with Malone dating back to when she was 15 and he Malone is a former former Scioto County Sheriff's dispatcher and former probation officer. Several women have come forward accusing Malone of sexual misconduct. He denies all allegations. Show caption Hide caption Four women have come forward saying while at Phil Malone's home in Portsmouth, Ohio, he took nude photos of them and had sexual relations.

Four women have come forward saying while at Phil Malone's home in Portsmouth, Ohio, he took nude photos of them and had sexual relations. Two as young as Malone, 64, is a former Scioto County Sheriff's dispatcher and former probation officer with the city of Portsmouth. Show caption Hide caption Phillip Malone, 64, is a former Scioto County Sheriff's dispatcher and former probation officer with the city of Portsmouth. He was fired from both jobs Phillip Malone, 64, is a former Scioto County Sheriff's dispatcher and former probation officer with the city of Portsmouth.

Michael Mearan, 73, is a prominent Portsmouth attorney. The Ironton native and Ohio State alum has long been rumored to run a sex trafficking operation out of this small rural town. Show caption Hide caption Heather Hren, 37, was 24 when she says she first started working for Michael Mearan, a prominent local attorney and city councilman. She said over Heather Hren, 37, was 24 when she says she first started working for Michael Mearan, a prominent local attorney and city councilman.

She said over the next couple years Mearan trafficked her to his friends in Portsmouth and out of state. Show caption Hide caption The front offices at the Portsmouth city probation office. Heather Hren, now 37, alleges sexual misconduct by Phillip Malone, 64, who was a probation officer The front offices at the Portsmouth city probation office.

Heather Hren, now 37, alleges sexual misconduct by Phillip Malone, 64, who was a probation officer and his brother Mark Malone, 58, when she reported for probation in One man who answered was a retired police captain, she said.

One of the women who still lives in Portsmouth said now is the time for those involved to speak out. They are chaos. National Human Trafficking Hotline: Drug Helpline: If you know more about these allegations, please reach out to The Enquirer at Portsmouth enquirer. Michael Mearan, 73, is a prominent Portsmouth attorney and former city councilman. The Ironton native and Ohio State alum has long been rumored to run a sex trafficking operation out of this small rural town.

Trapped and Trafficked: One town's dark secret. Several women say they were lured into an alleged sex trafficking ring run by a local defense attorney in Portsmouth, Ohio. Heather Hren, 37, was 24 when she says she first started working for Mearan. She said over the next couple years Mearan trafficked her to his friends in Portsmouth and out of state. Many homes look abandoned and boarded up in low-income neighborhoods throughout Portsmouth. Portsmouth police talk to a man they stopped along Campbell Street in Portsmouth, Ohio.

The Fish Bowl is a neighborhood bar. Sex trafficking cases. The number of sex trafficking cases discovered through calls from the National Human Trafficking Hotline has more than doubled this decade. An old shoe manufacturing building that now houses Sole Choice, a maker of shoe and foot care products, looms over a low-income neighborhood in Portsmouth, Ohio. Show caption Hide caption Mearan walks through the hallways of the Scioto County Courthouse before a hearing for one of his clients.

Mearan was named in a federal affidavit Mearan walks through the hallways of the Scioto County Courthouse before a hearing for one of his clients. Mearan was named in a federal affidavit outlining a drug and sex trafficking operation in , but no charges were ever brought. Michael Mearan's home and law office sits conveniently next to the Scioto County Courthouse.

Show caption Hide caption Judge William T. This is part of Judge William T. This is part of a larger photograph that hangs in the courthouse of past and present judges. Portsmouth: Rebuilding a community together. It was designed by architect John Scudder Adkins of Cincinnati and built in Heather Hren I was made to feel like I had to do those things and that there wasn't really any getting out. Market Square in downtown Portsmouth is one of the bright spots in this community with its popular restaurants and small businesses.

Show caption Hide caption Megan Lancaster was 24 when she went missing in Portsmouth in and she's never been found. She battled addiction and was an admitted prostitute Megan Lancaster was 24 when she went missing in Portsmouth in and she's never been found. She battled addiction and was an admitted prostitute. Permissions Icon Permissions. Abstract Sex ratios significantly different from usually are observed in trap captures of mustelids.

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