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Sheriff continues to investigate homes raided Thursday in Flint

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(02/01/13) - The Genesee County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate the man at the center of two homes raided Thursday morning.

One of them, on Prospect near Hurley Medical Center, is now boarded up with heaps of trash outside on the curb.

Sheriff Robert Pickell says the living conditions inside were "horrendous."

The man allegedly renting the rooms is a licensed social worker. A spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says there are no open formal complaints or disciplinary actions against him.

ABC12 is not naming him because he has not been charged with anything.

Pickell says him being a social worker is key because there were vulnerable adults and maybe even mentally challenged adults living in his room and board-type homes. Pickell says they were paying about $300 - $400 a month to live there.

"This may just be the tip of the iceberg," Pickell says.

Residents, maybe as many as eight, were removed Thursday.

The man's attorney Frank Manley says, "My client is a respected mental health professional.  Yesterday appeared to be a 'made for TV' moment. We will investigate and defend if any charges are brought," Manley says.

"When we have consumers in places like that, our staff aggressively tries to get them out, but they have the right to choose," says Dan Russell, CEO with Genesee County Community Health.

"One of the big problems in our system is there's just not enough money. There's not enough options and sometimes people do the best they can with what they have," Russell says.

Russell says this man actually worked for them, but retired years ago.

He is a Hurley employee, but it is unclear what his position is there.

ABC12 checked with the city of Flint to determine if his homes were up to code, when they were last inspected or if they even had to be checked.  Answers were not available Friday.

The Sheriff's Department continues to investigate. It's unclear what conditions the removed residents are in or where they are living now.

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