Pugh calls teen sex claims 'outrageous'

Robert Snell
The Detroit News

Detroit — Former Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh said claims he offered a teenager cash and gifts for sex exists only in the minds of the teen and his mother.

A recent federal court filing provided the strongest denial yet of sordid allegations that surfaced last year, preceded Pugh's resignation and flight from Detroit, where Pugh rose to fame as a television broadcaster and politician.

"This case exists solely in the minds of plaintiff's mother and her attorneys," Pugh lawyer Marc Deldin wrote in the filing. "Charles Pugh denies the factual allegations and the outrageous allegations that he committed criminal acts or violated Plaintiff's civil rights."

Pugh, whose resignation and brief disappearance last year transfixed the public, is living in a duplex in Brooklyn that rents for about $3,400 a month, according to a court filing and public records.

Pugh has denied sending regular text messages to the male teen, aggressively pursuing a sexual relationship or paying extra attention to the teen, who is suing the former Detroit politician and Detroit Public Schools in federal court.

His answer to the lawsuit contains short, boilerplate denials. The teen, identified only as "K.S.," sued Pugh and Detroit Public Schools in June, claiming his civil rights were violated.

The teen reportedly met Pugh in September 2012 when Pugh volunteered for a mentoring program at Frederick Douglass Academy. The student was 17 at the time.

The complaint alleges Pugh "was given unprecedented access and control over male students at the school without any form of supervision, monitoring or control by DPS. The suit also alleges that when the teen began participating in the Charles Pugh Leadership Forum at the school, Pugh "began to provide extra attention" and began to "groom him in preparation for making sexual advances."

Pugh denied the allegations. He also has denied offering to perform oral sex on the teen in exchange for money.

"(I) did not have unsupervised access to students and was never alone with students," Pugh wrote.


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