Charles Pugh found in New York City

Former Detroit City Council president spotted at Harlem Starbucks, Central Park

DETROIT – The former Detroit City Council president has been spotted out of town, again. This time it was in New York City.

A photo was taken Wednesday of Charles Pugh at a Starbucks on 125th Street in Harlem. The person who took the photo tells Local 4 Pugh was with a young man.

Another Local 4 viewer, John Secor, took a picture of Pugh over the weekend sitting on a bench in Central Park. Secor also approached Pugh, who was wearing a Yankees hat. He talked at length with him.

"I asked why he disappeared. I was aware of the allegations by the young man's mother, and (Pugh) flatly denied them," said Secor. "He said that the whole situation took a very serious toll on him."

Secor said Pugh was pleasant and willing to talk and he made it clear he is not interested in a career in politics or local TV anymore. Pugh is going down another path.

"He very much desires to go ... to live a quiet life," said Secor.

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Pugh has been missing from Detroit circles since allegations arose about him having an inappropriate relationship with a teen boy. Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr stripped Pugh of his power and pay after he didn't provide the needed paperwork when he requested medical leave.

This isn't the first time Pugh has been found out of town in the past few months. A Local 4 viewer snapped a photo of him in July at a Seattle coffee shop.

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Reports circulated earlier this month about sightings of Pugh in New York.

-- John Secor took this photo of Charles Pugh sitting on a bench in New York City's Central Park.