Tyler Graening charged with rape after posting about relationship with girl, 14, on Facebook

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Tyler Graening
According to his public Facebook page (see it here), Tyler Graening's love life has been a rollercoaster ride this summer. On June 23, five days after leaving his job at McDonald's, the 20-year-old got engaged to a girl we'll call KEH. The next month, the two were married, but things apparently didn't go smoothly, as on August 2 Graening switched his relationship status from "Married" to "In a Complicated Relationship."

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The only problem? His girl is literally a girl -- KEH is 14.

Oh, and according to reports, Graening is also a convicted sex offender. (It's unclear what exactly he was convicted of -- a search of his Minnesota court records reveals a serious speeding ticket but nothing else.)

In fact, the reason authorities became curious about his Facebook page in the first place was because he failed to register as a sex offender when he moved from Minnesota to West Fargo. But once police looked at it and saw all the posts about his relationship with KEH, they brought her in for questioning.

Forum Communications tells the story from there:
The police report states that during a police inter-view with Cruff, the 14-year-old told him she and Graening had been in a sexual relationship and that at one time she believed she was pregnant after he told her the condom he was using broke.

A witness told Cruff he had been in a West Fargo hotel room with the girl and Graening when they were having sex.
Graening has been charged with two felonies -- gross sexual imposition and failure to register as a sexual offender. He's also been charged with a misdemeanor count of corruption of a minor.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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38 comments
Joey LeMay
Joey LeMay

That's true about Jerry Lee Lewis. Elvis, at the age of 24, started dating Priscilla when she was 14. I think both of our facts are straight. Strange times back then.

Katsi Duzynski
Katsi Duzynski

NO - Jerry Lee Lewis - whom married his 13 yr old cousin by the way ... get the facts striaght

Joseph James Collis
Joseph James Collis

My thoughts exactly. Regardless of what is involved in the case, that is simply bad journalistic practice.

irishpunk370
irishpunk370

Your little detective work on trying to keep the girl's name private sort of failed really hard considering you linked his public facebook...

Mare Anderson
Mare Anderson

We could just teach kids to arm wrestle instead.

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

How could we think of charging him, she is 14, she is totally old enough to make great decisions

appleonmydesk
appleonmydesk

Former teacher here.  Specifically, former teacher of Tyler.  He is not a monster, but, how shall I say it... if I had to guess, his IQ would be borderline mental retardation.  He was a sweet kid, but with some learning disabilities, serious ones.  

myjah
myjah

Whatever he did to become a Sexual Offender he probably did while still a juvenile--hence it not showing up on his record.  

cags777
cags777

What the hell is wrong with people? Good Lord! And City Pages, did you really need to put the girl's initials in the article?

Mare Anderson
Mare Anderson

No but to make them a sexual predator for the rest of their lives is ridiculous when so many of us did the same thing when we were young. These are the ones that have a better chance at rehabilitation. This law was created at the same time we were dealing with people like Donald Blom and Richard Allen Davis. Even these children's parents feel it may have gone too far in many cases where young people are involved. I think he should have a consequence but not registered sex offender status. The girl was in love with him as much as she could be at her age and if you look at the pics they are not in housing of their own that's for sure. Where are the adults? Why has it gone on for so long?

anna.bergdall
anna.bergdall

CityPages you FAIL again! Outing the girl's identity as a minor via that link let alone as someone determined a victim of statutory rape here is OUT OF CONTROL unethical. Fail!

Ashley Besser
Ashley Besser

I'm confused... They were married and she's 14? Also, there's a comment on his FB about him calling her mom.... So, did the parents give consent? I don't get it.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Where's the line between immature douchebag and criminal predator rapist who should be tracked as a sex offender forever?  I'm not sure mere chronology is a good guide here.

I ask that as a genuine question; not pushing an agenda.

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

So you think its a good thing that a 20 year old is banging a middle schooled that's 14?

Georgia Brandau
Georgia Brandau

3 hours later and the link is still available on the article . . . .

Mare Anderson
Mare Anderson

These laws need to be revised. Considering how many people (boys and girls) have their first sexual experience under age. Or the fact that we shove free birth control at 'em. There has to be another way other than making them registered sex offenders for the rest of their lives. Ridiculous!

emmahud92
emmahud92

the article enlightens us about how nothing can be trusted in this erratic world

Stephanie Lauseng
Stephanie Lauseng

Exactly my thoughts...pretty much found out a lot more AND about his young looking ex before KEH! The internet is terrifying

Todd Ellenson
Todd Ellenson

Looks like his brother has the same problem. His girlfriend graduates high school in 2015.

Nicholas Rupar
Nicholas Rupar

Lots of young-ish looking girls on that friends list as well, always a bad sign.

darenlindahl
darenlindahl

You were trying for Jerry Lee Lewis, Joey LeMay.

Christina Nelson Wendt
Christina Nelson Wendt

Yuck ...... honestly though, where are the girls parents. Better yet, where are his parents guiding him Bergen right and wrong. You're darn right I would turn in my own 20 yr old if I saw that going on in fb, twitter ... Our what ever public media. Some people have forgotten to just simply be parents.

Roberta Russette
Roberta Russette

I guess everyone gets their 15mins these days - even the pervs! Disgusting!

Joey LeMay
Joey LeMay

Who does he think he is? Elvis Presley?

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