Charles Pugh investigation begins Monday

By Shawn Verbruggen, Associate Producer, sverbruggen@wdiv.com
Lauren Podell, Local 4 Reporter, @Local4Lauren, lpodell@wdiv.com
Published On: Jun 29 2013 06:43:41 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 01 2013 03:59:16 AM EDT

A complaint was filed Saturday with Madison Heights Police puts a new twist in the continuing saga with Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh.

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. -

Charles Pugh now faces a criminal investigation. 

Attorneys representing a local mother alleging Pugh had an inappropriate relationship with her son announced a criminal complaint was filed Saturday with the Madison Heights Police Department.

Deano Ware, counsel for the complainants, issued this statement:

"As a result of the filing of this criminal complaint by our clients, the civil lawsuit which was to be filed on Monday, July 1st 2013 has been postponed.  We wish to give the criminal authorities an opportunity to properly and thoroughly investigate the matters contained in our clients statements regarding Mr. Pugh.  We will also be suspending all media appearances while this investigation is pending, other than those necessary to provide updates on developments in this matter.  Now that this is a criminal matter, our clients request that you respect the privacy and confidentiality afforded them under the law in criminal proceedings such as these."

Pugh had been mentoring at the Detroit Public Schools' Douglass Academy for three years. The mother of one of the students claims Pugh bought her son clothes, gave him cash, took him off campus and bought him a cellphone, which has alleged text messages from Pugh on it.

Pugh was spotted in Seattle on Friday by a Local 4 viewer who snapped a photo of him sitting in a Starbucks.

Saturday Local 4 confirmed Pugh is staying at The Grand Hyatt Hotel while in Seattle.

When local 4 called The Grand Hyatt Saturday an employee transferred the call to his room and confirmed someone with the name of Pugh is staying there.

Pugh has been MIA since before emergency manager Kevin Orr denied his request for sick leave earlier this week. Orr since issued an order to strip Pugh of his 76,000 salary.

The now rogue councilman deleted his social media accounts and simply disappeared from the public eye leaving the view of City Council in shambles.

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