Man arrested after shrine to 9-year-old girl found
Reported By Heather Jensen, Reporter - bio | email
Lenzo Grooms, 63, is charged with aggravated sexual battery, assault and aggravated criminal trespassing.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
Clarksville police arrested a 63-year-old man after a shrine to a nine-year-old girl was discovered in his home.
According to a news release, Lenzo Grooms' ran a photography business from his Oak Street residence and the girl visited on several occasions between October 2012 and January 2013 with a family friend to have photographs taken.
During the visits, the girl was given money and gifts and, on at least one occasion, Grooms inappropriately touched her and rubbed baby lotion on her buttocks.
"It was just like something out of a movie that creates your greatest nightmare," police spokesperson Jim Knoll said. "You see a child's photo around the room, writings on the wall. You see a chair which is essentially set up as a throne for this young lady."
The wall-to-wall, floor-to-floor shrine to the girl was discovered after Grooms showed up at the residence where the child had previously lived, but had moved.
Despite being told to leave the property, Grooms appeared several days in a row and started threatening the occupants, stating that if she did not deliver certain items to the nine-year-old he would "end her life."
"The child is safe. The man no longer knows where she lives," Knoll said.
Neighbors told Nashville's News 2 they were shocked to learn of Grooms' arrest.
"I'm very shocked. I didn't think something like that could be happening this closely to me," one neighbor said.
Grooms was arrested early Friday morning and charged with aggravated sexual battery, assault and aggravated criminal trespassing.
He was booked into the Montgomery County jail on a $106,000 bond.
Grooms' criminal history reflects charges of second degree murder and robbery.