NEW YORK, NY – Charles Pugh has been extradited back to Michigan as of Thursday morning from New York to face multiple charges.
Pugh has been charged with three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, or any term of years. He has also been charged with three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison.
On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy charged Charles Pugh, 44-years-old, of New York, in connection with sexually inappropriate behavior with a 14-year-old teenage male that occurred between September 2003 and May 2004.
Pugh became mired in a sex scandal with a 17-year-old student from his Charles Pugh Leadership Academy program in the Detroit Public Schools in 2012. The teen accused Pugh of offering cash for oral sex and a sex video.
In a very bizarre turn of events, it was shortly after the teens allegations surfaced that Charles Pugh fled from Detroit. Media tracked him down in New York City. He was found to be working in a restaurant as a waiter. Before leaving Detroit, Pugh did not have dignity enough to resign his position on the Detroit City Council.
The 17-year-old student filed a civil lawsuit in federal court against Charles Pugh and the school district. He settled for $350,000 from the district and $250,000 from Pugh. He has done everything not to pay the $250,000 judgement.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said Pugh will be video arraigned when he arrives.