Text messages show Charles Pugh offered money to 18-year-old student for videos of sex acts

No charges, says Oakland County prosecutor

PONTIAC (WXYZ) - Fmr. Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh will not be charged over his relationship with a young man he mentored, 7 Action News has learned.

Pugh fled the city in June and later resigned from the city following questions over his conduct by 7 Action News.

Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said Friday that text messages sent from Pugh to an 18-year-old Detroit student he mentored were "disturbing" and "highly inappropriate," but did not rise to the level of a crime and were sent outside of her jurisdiction in Wayne County.

Many of Pugh's text messages were of a sexually-charged nature, and several are too graphic to print.

According to Madison Heights police department's review of the messages, "...the suspect offers money and video games to the victim in exchange for a video of the victim.  The suspect specifically requested that the victim be naked, and he preferred that the victim be alone."

Pugh's offer came in the evening of the same day that the teen says Pugh took him to the K&G Suit Warehouse to buy him clothes, and placed his hand on the "victim's left inner thigh...aprox. one inch from his genitalia," according to the police report.

When 7 Action News spoke with Pugh over the summer, he said there were no inappropriate or sexual text messages ever sent and that that his relationship with the young man was completely proper.

Back in October, Madison Heights police submitted their investigation of Pugh to the prosecutor. Since then, the prosecutor has weighed whether or not to charge Pugh with a misdemeanor offense over his conduct with the student, whom he met through his "Charles Pugh Leadership Forum."

The student Pugh mentored is 18 now, but started in his class when he was 17. According to an interview with police, he said Pugh improperly touched his leg in a Madison Heights store parking lot, but stopped when he pushed him away.  

After we first raised questions about Pugh's mentorship program last summer, he suddenly shut down his normally active Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Days later, he canceled our sit-down interview about his program, fled the state and months later resigned from City Council. He hasn't been seen in Detroit ever since.

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

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