Still, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper opted against charging Pugh, who has refused to cooperate with police.
The sexually charged text messages, first reported by WXYZ and then confirmed by us, were sent to the high school senior whom Pugh was mentoring while he was council president.
“I give $100 for all solo vids,” Pugh texted the teen, who is now 18. “So if you ever need extra cash, keep that in mind.”
It’s unclear whether any videos were sent.
The absence of charges in Oakland County doesn’t mean Pugh is out of trouble yet. Authorities believe almost all of the texts originated in Wayne County. He was charged in Oakland County because he’s accused of touching the boy on a shopping trip in Madison Heights.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has not yet received information from Oakland County, her spokeswoman, Maria Miller, told us today.
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 lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.