Moral apex: Convicted in 2002 on six counts of sex crimes against children â€” â€œtwo counts each of forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties.â€ [Virginian-Pilot, February 13, 2002]
Punch line: The National Republican Congressional Committee was about to present their â€œRepublican of the Yearâ€ award to Grethen; of course, the committee withdrew the prize.
Divine pre-emptive intervention: A former postal worker, Grethen was unloading a mail truck when 600 pounds of mail fell on him, pinning his groin against the truck. This allegedly led to testicular cancer, rendering him sterile. (Unfortunately, the doctors were wrong; a decade later, Grethen was able to father several children.)
â€œEvery time something big happens with my business, I have a child; which is really something, because I am not supposed to be able to have children.â€
Things that make you go hmmm:
Welcome to the creative world of 13-year-old Matthew Crane, a bright, brown-eyed teenager whose towering computer savvy belies his diminutive stature. â€¦ For a year now, Matthew has been programming computers, assembling and repairing computer hardware and assisting Mark Grethen of Tidewater Information Group in unusual assignments â€” including crawling beneath a funeral home in the dead of night to install wiring for a network. â€¦ Grethen, who alternately tutors and puts Matt to work on Saturdays in his Suffolk office [said] â€œI have offered him an apprenticeship once heâ€™s 15.â€ While most boys his age might be looking forward to the next soccer game or action-adventure movie, Matt eagerly awaits his turn at the computer helm alongside his mentor. â€¦ â€œMatthew is a very tactile learner,â€ his mother noted.
â€” Virginian-Pilot, June 27, 1996
Where he is now: Deep Meadow Correctional Center, serving a 26-year sentence estimated to end on September 25, 2024, after which he will be under supervised probation.
In 2005, Grethen appealed the final decree in the divorce filed by long-suffering wife Sandy, on the basis of a technicality â€” but failed to provide any supporting documents. Of course, he lost.