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July 7, 2014

Today’s post was shared by The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group and comes from www.freep.com

Charles Pugh, former Detroit City Council president

A teenage boy today filed a lawsuit alleging sexual grooming against former Detroit councilman Charles Pugh and others, claiming the fallen politician “aggressively pursued” him during a high school mentoring program and once gave him $160 to make a video of himself performing a sexual act.

The boy obliged, the lawsuit states, noting there are text messages to help bolster that claim and several others.

According to the 44-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Pugh met the boy in May 2013 through a leadership forum he ran at the Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men, where the teen attended school. Here, according to court records, is how the relationship started:

Pugh took an immediate interest in the boy and started grooming him by helping him find a job and offering to take him to buy clothes for his job interview. When the then-17-year-old told Pugh he needed his mother’s permission to go clothes-shopping with him, Pugh handed him his cell phone to call his mother, who objected.

On another occasion, Pugh and the student left the school around 2 p.m. and went on a shopping spree in Madison Heights in Pugh’s black Lincoln Town Car, stopping at Men’s Wearhouse, K&G and Metro PCS.

Pugh sent text messages to the teen, and unbeknownst to him, his texts instead had been going to the boy’s mother. She believed the text messages were from a girl who had a crush on her son. Pugh ended up getting the teen his own phone.

The two also…

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