Sex Crimes

Attorney charged with having sex with 14-year-old human trafficking victim in his office

This undated Pennsylvania driver license photo provided by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office shows Brian Meehan of Berwyn, Pa. Meehan, 56, surrendered to authorities Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, on charges of having sex with a human trafficking victim, age 14. Authorities said Meehan paid to have sex several times in 2012 in his downtown office with a girl that a Philadelphia couple held captive in their home with four other females. Officials said the couple is also in custody. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Department of Transportation via Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office)

This undated Pennsylvania driver license photo provided by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office shows Brian Meehan of Berwyn, Pa. Meehan, 56, surrendered to authorities Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, on charges of having sex with a human trafficking victim, age 14. Authorities said Meehan paid to have sex several times in 2012 in his downtown office with a girl that a Philadelphia couple held captive in their home with four other females. Officials said the couple is also in custody. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Department of Transportation via Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office)  (The Associated Press)

A lawyer has surrendered to Philadelphia authorities on charges that he had sex with a 14-year-old human trafficking victim.

District Attorney Seth Williams announced Tuesday that 56-year-old attorney Brian Meehan is accused of being a client of the trafficking ring.

Authorities say a Philadelphia couple held the victim and four other females captive in their home. They say the 14-year-old Philadelphia girl was sometimes hired out 20 times a week and was later sent to Camden, New Jersey, and Georgia.

Officials say the couple is also in custody. Their names aren't being released while a grand jury probe continues.

Investigators say Meehan paid to have sex with the girl several times in his downtown office in 2012.

Defense lawyer Fortunato Perri Jr. says that Meehan maintains his innocence.