DETROIT (AP) — The former president of the Detroit City Council who turned to politics after working as a popular TV journalist was sentenced to at least 5½ years in prison Wednesday for having sex with a teenage boy.
In court, Charles Pugh apologized to the victim, who was under 16 when they illegally engaged in sex acts in 2003 and 2004. He worked at WJBK-TV at the time.
"I was 31 years old. In many ways I was young and stupid," Pugh told Wayne County Judge Thomas Cameron.
He said he had returned to his hometown and was enjoying "making all that money" and "having tens of thousands of people who believed in me."
Pugh will be eligible for parole after 5½ years. His maximum time in prison is 15 years.
Pugh was elected city council president in 2009 as Detroit's top vote-getter. He suddenly quit in 2013 and mysteriously left for New York as allegations surfaced about sexual misconduct. Months later, a TV station found him working there as a waiter
In a separate case, a jury last year ordered Pugh to pay $250,000 for sexually harassing a boy who turned to him as a school mentor during his time on the council. Pugh skipped the trial.