Ex-Council President Pugh won’t be charged with sexually abusing teen

Pugh, CharlesFormer Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh won’t be criminally charged for having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy, an Oakland County assistant prosecutor told Motor City Muckraker this afternoon.

The prosecutor’s office said there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Pugh, who vanished in June as allegations of sexual abuse were about to become public.

Police discovered that the former TV reporter sent lewd, sexually explicit text messages to the teenage boy, whom Pugh met at a leadership conference he was hosting.

Read: The rise and fall Charles Pugh

Pugh left office without an explanation to staff members and his constituents, leaving a note that said he would be on sick leave. Pugh never returned to public office and resigned officially in September.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.