Photographer with shrine to 9-year-old pleads guilty to sex charge
Lenzo Grooms was arrested in February 2013 after a shrine to a 9-year-old girl was discovered in his Clarksville home.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
A Clarksville man arrested last year after a shrine dedicated to a 9-year-old girl was discovered in his home has pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery.
According to The Leaf-Chronicle, Lenzo Grooms, 64, also agreed to serve 10 years and be on community supervision for life.
Police said 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.
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.
In addition to photos, there were writings on the walls that called the girl his "queen" and his "god-bride."
*The Leaf-Chronicle and The Associated Press contributed to this report.