City Council may vote to oust Charles Pugh for ethics violation

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit City Council could vote as early as Tuesday to oust former president Charles Pugh for an ethics violation. Pugh has been a no-show to council since allegations of misappropriate behavior with a local teen surfaced.

Council will not consider the allegations of misappropriate behavior but instead Pugh's two week absence as the ethics violation.

Last week Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr eliminated Pugh's pay, power and presidency but does not have the authority to removed an elected official from office.

Pugh has not resigned. Council members are getting legal advice on how to proceed.

Council may also choose a new Pro-Tem as Gary Brown began his job in the emergency manager's office Monday as Detroit's restructuring officer.

Meanwhile, Madison Heights Police plan to speak with the 18-year-old and his mother to get more information about allegations that Pugh's mentoring of the teen - which began when he was 17 - was inappropriate.

Sources tell 7 Action News the report is vague and that Pugh touched his leg while they were shopping for clothes in May. Attorneys for the teen and his mother say this bolsters their claims that will be detailed in a civil lawsuit to be filed this week. 

Pugh was last seen last Friday at a coffee shop in Seattle, Washington when his picture was taken by a metro Detroit woman on vacation.  

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