PONTIAC (WXYZ) - Madison Heights police have submitted a criminal complaint against former City Council President Charles Pugh to the Oakland County prosecutor's office for review, 7 Action News has learned.
It's the next step in deciding whether or not a warrant should be issued for Pugh's arrest.
The investigation into Pugh stems from questions raised over his conduct with a 17-year-old student, first reported by 7 Action News in June. It was then that we learned the mother of the Detroit Public Schools student was concerned over gifts Pugh gave to her son in secret.
They included at least $200 in cash, $150 in dress clothes and a new phone that he paid to activate. Later on, the young man accused Pugh of inappropriately touching him in a Madison Heights parking lot. We were there last June when his mother confronted Pugh on the phone.
"The problem was you gave him the money, the other problem went when you started meeting him off school property," the mother said to Pugh. 7 Action News is withholding her and her son's names.
"Then the other problem was you took him off school property and you purchased some of these things," she said.
Pugh denied any wrongdoing.
When we questioned him about the gifts by phone earlier this year, he agreed to be interviewed. But days before we were scheduled to sit down with him, Pugh deleted his social media accounts, changed his cell phone number and fled the state.
Weeks later, pictures surfaced of the former council president out of state. First he was spotted in Seattle, then New York City.
While he was missing from the city council's chambers, Madison Heights police spent months looking into him. We've learned that the complaint arrived in the prosecutor's office yesterday and is expected to take weeks to review.
In an interview earlier this year with 7 Action News, the young man's attorney Bill Seikaly said Pugh had scarred his client for life.
"This kid's never going to be well again," he said.
"This is going to be with him the rest of his life. That's one of the consistent patterns we see in all of these cases."
Recent calls to Madison Heights Police for comment have not been returned. The attorney for the young man told us tonight he has no comment on this latest development. As for Pugh, he's changed his cell phone number twice since we first reported the mother's concerns, and we have no other way to get in touch with him.
Contact Investigator Ross Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (248) 827-9466.