Fmr. student sues Charles Pugh, Detroit Public Schools over improper relationship

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A former Detroit Public Schools student pressured to share sexually explicit videos with then-City Council President Charles Pugh has filed suit in federal court.

The young man, whose name is omitted from the complaint, is suing Pugh, Detroit Public Schools, former Emergency Mangers Robert Bobb and Roy Roberts, high school principal Berry Greer and assistant principal Monique McMurtry.

The complaint alleges that Pugh bribed the young man into videotaping sexual videos, offering him money, video games, a cell phone and clothing, and that district officials had reason to be wary of Pugh.

"We believe that we have some pretty good evidence that Detroit Public Schools knew about this issue, and failed to act, despite their knowledge," said attorney Bill Seikaly, who represents the former student.

The lawsuit says that Pugh had "unprecedented access and control over male students" at the Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men "without any form of supervision, monitoring or control" by the district.

The complaint seeks damages greater than $75,000.  In a previous filing, Seiklay indicated that his client would seek more than $1,000,000 from the City of Detroit. 

Seiklay says the city will be sued separately as part of its ongoing bankruptcy.

DPS officials released the following statement on Thursday evening: The District has not been served with a complaint. As with any litigation, the District will vigorously defend the claims against it but will not provide further comment on pending  litigation. 

Contact 7 Investigator Ross Jones at rjones@wxyz.com or at (248) 827-9466.


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