A Columbus man accused of raping and molesting a 13-year-old girl told a Recorder’s Court Judge on Tuesday that he had sex with the minor.
A detective investigating the case of Otis Pugh Sr., 51, told Judge Michael Cielinski that Sunday wasn’t the first time Pugh had sex with the girl, adding that the suspect told the girl that he’d kill her father if she told anyone.
Pugh faces charges of rape and child molestation. He’s accused of entering the girl’s room around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, putting his hand over her mouth and inappropriately touching her in her Eagles Trace Apartments home.
The girl “said she tried to scream, but Mr. Pugh put a hand over her mouth,” Detective John Bailey testified. “She said this is not the first time this has happened.”
The girl’s mother was in the shower at the time. When she got out, she didn’t know where her daughter was and that led her to the girl’s room, Bailey said.
“She walked in the room and she noticed Mr. Pugh on top of (the girl),” Bailey said. “She began yelling, screaming, started pulling Mr. Pugh off.”
Cielinski ordered Pugh held without bond and bound the case over to Muscogee County Superior Court.