Charles Pugh to be extradited from New York to Michigan in sex crimes case

Former Detroit City Council president will be arraigned in Wayne County

By Halston Herrera - Digital news editor

DETROIT - Disgraced former Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh is being extradited from New York to Michigan to face charges in a sex crimes case involving a teen more than a decade ago. 

Pugh was ordered back to Michigan Thursday, where the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has charged him with criminal sexual conduct in a case from 2003.

Pugh allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy. The complainant is now 27 years old.

The Prosecutor's Office said the two met when the then-teen inquired about an internship at the television station Pugh was working at. The  teen didn't intern at the station but was invited to Pugh's Detroit apartment several times, and the two had contact by phone and text messages.

Pugh was taken into custody last month in New York, where he now lives.

Previous civil charges

Pugh and the Detroit school district were sued by a former student who said his civil rights were violated and claimed Pugh was given extraordinary access to boys who were being mentored at Douglass Academy in 2012.

In November, a jury found Pugh not liable for sexual harassment but decided he did cause emotional distress for the teen and pressured him to create a sexual video. The jury also found Pugh liable of sexual battery.

Pugh was not charged criminally in connection to those allegations.

 

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