An executive of a health care services company that owns two area hospitals was charged this month with Internet child-sex solicitation.
Michael Lee Graue, 58, was arrested May 2 in Hartford, Ala., after allegedly trying to arrange to have sex with a 14-year-old girl, Hartford Police Chief Annie Ward said.
Graue, who lives in Atlanta, was the chief executive officer of the southern region of Tenet Healthcare, which includes Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville. Tenet also operates the Bluffton Medical Campus.
Graue had been chatting via social media with a Perverted Justice volunteer he believed was a 14-year-old girl. He drove more than 200 miles from his Atlanta home to the small town in southeastern Alabama to meet the girl at a restaurant. Graue was instead met by Hartford officers and charged with electronic solicitation of a child and traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act.
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Graue was fired from Tenet the following Monday, according to a company news release.
Graue was released from jail in Geneva, Ala., on $200,000 bail, and his case is scheduled to go before a grand jury in mid-July, Ward said.