The Oakland County prosecutor said last week that former Detroit City Council president Charles Pugh won't face charges for allegedly engaging in an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old he was mentoring.
However, this case is not over. The next move is a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of the victim.
"It takes a lot to really shock me, but the depth of these issues and the skill in which Mr. Pugh pursues young men from the public schools was a little unsettling," said William Seikaly, the attorney representing the victim.
The Local 4 Defenders have obtained a police report. Investigators say Pugh sent the teen text messages offering him cash for nude photos and videos. What is revealed in the report is disturbing but the prosecutor says it's not illegal.
"I mean, I'm a little disappointed that the prosecutor decided not to prosecute. I'm a little befuddled about why not, but it has no impact on any civil action we bring," said Seikaly.
However, legal experts say Pugh's role as a mentor will be brought into play along with the fact that he used his city-owned vehicle to take the young man out.
The question now is how does any attorney get a financial reward from a man with money problems who worked for a city that's bankrupt?
"Here in this particular case if you wanted to say there is liability and you wanted to attach to someone, you may attach it right to the city because if I was the plaintiff's attorney I would want to say this happened in the course and scope of his job. The problem with that is you may very well have damages but who are you going to collect from? The city is in bankruptcy. So, those three things -- liability, damages and then collectability -- well collectability as far that goes, against the city, is out the door," said legal expert Todd Flood.