Charles Pugh begged student not to go public with allegations via text messages

By Kevin Dietz, Local 4 Defenders, @KDietzLocal4
Published On: Jul 02 2013 12:42:14 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 03 2013 08:26:04 AM EDT

A police investigation in Madison Heights continues into Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh.

DETROIT -

If Charles Pugh plans to talk to police, he's not in any hurry. He has not called or showed up to meet with Madison Heights police, who have made it known they want to talk to him.

They also want to interview the 18-year-old who says he was inappropriately touched by Pugh in a CVS parking lot. The Local 4 Defenders have obtained the text messages sent between Pugh and the student he mentored.

Special section: Charles Pugh investigation

The former Detroit student at Douglass Academy alleges that Pugh bought him clothes and a phone in Madison Heights. He says Pugh gave him cash in a parking lot and then the City Council President reached over and touched him inappropriately.

Pugh will lose both his pay and power as of Friday.

Text messages from Pugh's phone show several calls to the alleged victim on June 5 along with text messages begging the 18-year-old not to go public.

One text message read: "Please. This will destroy my chances of ever working in Detroit again and will cause me to resign from Council."

Another text message saying "Please pray for me!! I feel like I've run out of options to even have a normal life or even live."

Madison Heights police want to meet with the alleged victim and with Pugh who was absent again from a City Council meeting on Tuesday.

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