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More trouble for Charles Pugh? Racy text messages emerge

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Text messages allegedly sent from Charles Pugh to a teen student he had mentored. Text messages allegedly sent from Charles Pugh to a teen student he had mentored.
Text messages allegedly sent from Charles Pugh to a teen student he had mentored. Text messages allegedly sent from Charles Pugh to a teen student he had mentored.
Text messages allegedly sent from Charles Pugh to a teen student he had mentored. Text messages allegedly sent from Charles Pugh to a teen student he had mentored.
Text messages allegedly sent from Charles Pugh to a teen student he had mentored. Text messages allegedly sent from Charles Pugh to a teen student he had mentored.
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FOX 2 has obtained a copy of the racy text messages allegedly sent by former Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh to the student he had been mentoring at the time.

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Pugh has dismissed allegations before that he was having an inappropriate relationship with the teen, but the allegations carry more weight than many would care to believe.

According to the case report from Madison Heights Police Department, Pugh exchanged several sexually-charged text messages with the student he mentored, offering cash and video games in exchange for nude videos. And the student eventually obliged.

Often times the payout hinged on how much Pugh liked the videos, and the student claims Pugh paid him $160 for one of them.

According to investigators Pugh told the teen to delete the text messages, fearing they could land him in hot water. "Dude, if anyone finds out about this: I'm dead," Pugh allegedly texted. "So please keep this between us."

Despite the evidence that suggests Pugh was preying on the young man, the former City Council President avoided charges.

The prosecutors office's decision on whether or not the charge Pugh boiled down to what happened at the K&G Suit Warehouse in Madison Heights. He had just taken the young man shopping and, when they got into a car, that's where and when Pugh crossed the line.

"In the car he stated that he placed his hand on his thigh and that he immediately rebuffed the advance and, after it was rebuffed, there was no further action," Paul Walton from the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office.

But the text messages kept coming.

In one, Pugh told the student: "I wanna see your body. Front and back. So the video has to show everything. lol. #EVERYTHING."

In another, he wrote: "Dude, your body is f****** AMAZING. I just wanna give u more money to watch u walk around naked. lol."

As for the exchange of text messages and compensation for nude videos, Oakland County says all of that took place in Detroit and, more importantly, the student was 18 years old when it all happened.

Question is - was that by design? The young man met Charles Pugh at the Frederick Douglass Academy in Detroit where Pugh ran his mentoring program. The student was only 17 years old when they met and that's leading many to believe that Pugh was grooming him.

In another text message Pugh told the student: "Truth is: I've had a crush on u all year!! I just couldn't say or do anything about it until now." According to the case report, he even offered to perform oral sex on the teenager. According to police, a former City Council staff member claims she heard Pugh bragging he could sleep with any kid he mentored by giving them cash. It's all painting an unflattering picture of Detroit's native son who became a fan favorite over the airwaves and whose popularity helped put him in City Hall.

It's unclear if the case report will be sent to the Wayne County's Prosecutor's Office, but Pugh will not face any charges in Oakland County.

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