Clouds hovered overhead on the morning Charles Pugh, 50, took his first steps to freedom outside the doors of the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility into the brisk December air.
Pugh was met by his friends and family who were waiting to pick him up in Ionia from the place where he had spent the last 5½ years following his 2016 convictions on two felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under 16.
“What I did was wrong,” Pugh admitted to the Detroit Free Press in an interview in prison shortly before his release. “It is something that is indefensible. It was wrong and I shouldn’t have done it.”
On the nearly two-hour drive back to the place Pugh always knew as home — Detroit — he said his focus would not be on his past, but on restarting his life.