Charles Pugh investigation hinge on alleged shopping trip with teen

Published On: Jul 02 2013 05:05:47 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 05 2013 08:46:13 AM EDT

The Local 4 Defenders have obtained the text messages sent between Charles Pugh and the student he mentored.


Local 4 has learned details of the shopping spree that has led to a police complaint against former Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh over allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy.

Madison Heights police investigators will interview the teenager today. 

The teen claims Pugh took him to K&G Clothing superstore in Madison Heights. While there, Pugh bought the teen he was mentoring a shirt, a pair of pants and a bowtie.

Next, the shopping spree continued at a Metro PCS cell phone store to buy the teen a new cell phone.

The alleged behavior happened between May 29-31 while Pugh was a mentor at Detroit Public Schools' Douglass Academy.

Detroit schools are already investigating the complaint that Pugh had improper contact with the teen, who is now a recent high school graduate.

Pugh spotted in Seattle

Pugh seemingly abandoned his role on City Council last month, not showing up to meetings, answering calls and deleting his social media profiles.

Because of his absence, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has stripped him of his power and pay.

Read: Kevyn Orr issues order stripping Charles Pugh's pay

But a Local 4 viewer who was on vacation in Seattle snapped a picture of Pugh at a coffee shop.

On Saturday, Local 4 has confirmed Pugh had a room at The Grand Hyatt Hotel while in Seattle.


Interview: Legal expert Todd Flood on Pugh investigation

Local 4 legal expert Todd Flood talks with Local 4 about the investigation that has been launched into Charles Pugh's alleged relationship with a teen.