Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 1.41.56 PMCharles Pugh, former Detroit City Council president and media personality, was arrested in New York City on child molestation charges that date back to 13-years-old.

Pugh was charged on six counts — three for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, three for third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy said the alleged offenses occurred between September 2003 and May 2004 when the victim, now 27, was 14 and 15-years-old. At the time, Pugh was working as a reporter and news anchor at Fox 2.

It’s alleged that the victim met Pugh when he went to the news station with a theater group to perform.

“The complainant approached Pugh about an internship and they exchanged phone numbers,” Worthy said in a statement. “The teen did not work as an intern at Fox 2, but during the summer of 2003, at Pugh’s invitation the teen went to Pugh’s Detroit apartment several times.”

It’s alleged that Pugh engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with the teen, whom he kept in touch with by phone and text messages, multiple times at his apartment.

Worthy said specific facts and evidence in the case will be presented in court at the preliminary examination.

“Despite what the defendant has meant to the City in the past, and the positive work he did here, we cannot and will not turn a blind eye to these alleged facts,” she said.

Pugh faces life in prison if convicted.


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