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Oelwein mom angry at 34 year-old man who took off with teen daughter

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OELWEIN (KWWL) - An Oelwein mother says she's relieved that police tracked down her 16 year-old daughter who was with a 34 year-old man. But, she's angry at the man who left with her.

No one from the Oelwein Police Department would talk with KWWL on Wednesday, but according to a criminal complaint, Joseph Graves was arrested and charged with harboring a runaway.

The complaint states there "is probable cause to believe Graves and the child to be in a physical relationship. Graves and the child were reported at the Fayette County Courthouse and looking for information on how the child can become emancipated."

Jennifer Albrecht, the teenager's mother, said she had a relationship with Graves, but that she noticed he recently started paying more attention to her daughter.

"He had stopped paying as much attention to me and I had noticed -- a lot of people around here had noticed -- that he had started paying more attention to my daughter," said Albrecht.

Albrecht said her relationship with Graves was sexual, but she called it a "friends with benefits" relationship.

She said they met and became friends in late December/early January, and he began living at her home in Oelwein.

"I'm upset because I brought him into the home. I was introduced to him by a mutual friend, and everybody around us says he was a good guy, he was trustworthy," she said.

Now Albrecht said she wants to know the truth about why Graves took off with her teen daughter.

"It makes me very angry that somebody would do that to my daughter," she said.

She said she's glad her daughter is safe because when she ran away, she was worried.

"If you have children, love them and cherish them every single day because you never know when they're not going to be there," she said.

An interview request with Graves was turned down by the Oelwein Police Department on Wednesday.

A police officer said it's the station's policy to only allow family members, lawyers or clergy inside for visits.

KWWL also reached out to the Fayette County Attorney's Office to find out what charges and consequences Graves could face. However, a woman there said it was "court day" and no one would be available to talk to us.

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