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Portsmouth attorney Michael Mearan released on bond


Michael Mearan, 74, attorney, is escorted from a Scioto County Common Pleas Court courtroom in Portsmouth, Ohio following his arraignment on 18 charges of sex trafficking, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove set bond at $300,000.

Former Portsmouth, Ohio, city councilman and still-practicing attorney Michael Mearan was released on bond Wednesday morning after he was indicted Friday on 18 felony charges, including sex trafficking.

Officials at the Scioto County Jail confirmed Mearan was released at 9:09 a.m. Wednesday.

Mearan appeared Monday afternoon in Scioto County Common Pleas Court for an arraignment at which he pleaded not guilty to all charges. Visiting judge Patricia Cosgrove set a $300,000 bond.

More: ‘It was a happy day’: Michael Mearan pleads not guilty to sex trafficking. Bond set at $300,000

Mearan’s attorney, Richard Nash, initially told The Enquirer the bond was at a point where he believed Mearan “will not be able to bond out.”

Kadie Lancaster, sister-in-law of Megan Lancaster, who went missing in 2013, said the bond “seems kind of low.” The Lancasters believe Mearan was involved in Megan Lancaster’s disappearance.


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