Former Detroit Councilman Charles Pugh Sued For ‘Sexually Grooming’ 17-Year-Old Boy

Charles Pugh, former Detroit City Council president / William Archie/Detroit Free Press 2011 file photo
Charles Pugh, former Detroit City Council president / William Archie/Detroit Free Press 2011 file photo

A teenage boy today filed a lawsuit alleging sexual grooming against former Detroit councilman Charles Pugh and others, claiming the fallen politician “aggressively pursued” him during a high school mentoring program and once gave him $160 to make a video of himself performing a sexual act.

The boy obliged, the lawsuit states, noting there are text messages to help bolster that claim and several others.

According to the 44-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Pugh met the boy in May 2013 through a leadership forum he ran at the Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men, where the teen attended school. Here, according to court records, is how the relationship started:

Pugh took an immediate interest in the boy and started grooming him by helping him find a job and offering to take him to buy clothes for his job interview. When the then-17-year-old told Pugh he needed his mother’s permission to go clothes-shopping with him, Pugh handed him his cell phone to call his mother, who objected.

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Source: Detroit Free Press | Tresa Baldas

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