DETROIT (WJBK) - A plea deal has been reached with Charles Pugh. The former Detroit City Council president was in court Wednesday morning as the judge accepted the agreement. the deal regarding criminal sexual conduct charges with a 14-year-old is expected to be reached.
By taking the plea deal, Pugh has avoided the possibility of being sentenced to life in prison. He now faces 5.5 to 15 years, must register for life on the sex offender registry and receive sex offender counseling.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. As part of the deal, three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct have been dismissed.
Pugh met the teen when Pugh was a weekend anchor at FOX 2. The teen was a guest on the show. From there, a relationship developed.
Sources say Pugh, 44, used his position and would often buy the teen gifts to further their relationship. He would bring the teen to his Detroit home when his roommate was not there and engage in sexual acts.
Prosecutors say the relationship lasted from September of 2003 until May of 2004.
Sources say the man, who is now 27, felt the courage to come forward after a recent civil suit against Pugh. The victim in that case made many of the same claims.
This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 2 for updates.