Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged former Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh with criminal sexual conduct after a 27-year-old man reported being subject to inappropriate contact with the former TV news anchor back in 2003.
Pugh, 44, was arrested at his New York City home Thursday morning.
The former council president abandoned his post in 2013 and moved to New York after allegations of inappropriate contact with an 18-year-old student in a mentorship program surfaced.
There were no criminal charges in that case. A civil case against Pugh ended with a jury ordering Pugh to pay his accuser $250,000.
Now, he faces new, much more serious accusations involving a boy who was 14 and 15 years old during the alleged contact between September 2003 and May 2004.
“The 14-year-old Detroit teen met Pugh for the first time when he went to the Fox2 news station with a theater group to perform,” the prosecutor’s office alleges.
“At that time, Pugh was working as a reporter and anchor at the station. The complainant approached Pugh about an internship and they exchanged phone numbers. The teen did not work as an intern at Fox2, but during the summer of 2003, at Pugh’s invitation the teen went to Pugh’s Detroit apartment several times. Pugh and the complainant kept in touch by phone, and text messages.”
Pugh is accused of engaging in inappropriate sexual contact with the teen at the former councilman’s home on multiple occasions.
He is charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct, which carries a penalty of up to life prison, and three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which carries a maximum penalty 15 years behind bars.
“Despite what the defendant has meant to the City in the past, and the positive work he did here, we cannot and will not turn a blind eye to these alleged facts,” Worthy said in a statement.
It wasn’t clear whether Pugh had yet hired a lawyer.