Michael Lee Graue, a top healthcare executive in Atlanta, was arrested by police in Geneva County on charges of child solicitation on May 2, 2014. Officers apprehended Graue in Hartford late Friday night where police say he came to have sex with a 14-year-old girl that he met through an online dating website. Graue has since been terminated from his duties as the senior vice president of Tenant Healthcare.
The arrest occurred at a Hartford restaurant where Graue arranged to meet the 14-year-old girl. He has been charged with soliciting child sex through the use of a computer and traveling to meet an underage child for the purpose of engaging in an illegal sexual activity. Both of these charges are felonies and punishable by up to 20 years in prison under Alabama law. Police Chief Annie Ward says the investigation involving Graue remains open and more charges remain a possibility after his laptop was seized during the arrest.
According to a spokesperson at the Geneva County Jail, Graue has been released from custody after posting a bail of $200,000.
Michael Graue is the third person arrested as part of the Hartford Police Department’s investigation in coordination with the Perverted Justice Foundation. Hartford police also arrested Rex Allen Riley, 21, and Jake Devoy Lewis, 26, within the last eight weeks. Both men were charged with felony traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act, electronic solicitation of a child, and felony transmitting obscene material.