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Lenzo Grooms Dedicated Shrine To 9-Year-Old Girl, Inappropriately Touched Her, Police Say

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LENZO GROOMS SHRINE NINE YEAR OLD GIRL
Lenzo Grooms allegedly made a shrine for a nine-year-old girl. | Clarksville Police

A Clarksville, Tenn. man was arrested after police said he inappropriately touched a 9-year-old girl and made a shrine dedicated to her in his home, The Tennessean reported.

Lenzo Grooms, 63, reportedly operated a photography business, "Have Brush Will Travel," via which he offered to take photographs of neighborhood female children for $20, according to a Clarksville Police news release. Between October 2012 and January 2013, a trusted family friend brought a nine-year-old girl to Groom's residence to have her picture taken.

Authorities said Grooms set up a bedroom for the girl to stay in when she visited. During one of the visits, Grooms allegedly "rubbed baby lotion on the child's buttocks," according to the report.

The girl's mother noticed a mood change when the child returned home. Upon questioning, the girl told her mother what happened, and the visits to Groom ended.

Police said on Saturday, Feb. 2, Grooms showed up at the home where the 9-year-old had previously lived -- they'd since moved. The new property owner allegedly told Grooms to get off the property, but Grooms returned for several days, threatening the home owner to "deliver certain items to the nine-year old-female [or] he would end [the homeowner's] life."

On Friday morning, Clarksville Tactical Unit was called to serve warrants on Grooms at his home, where they discovered a shrine dedicated to the young girl.

Several pictures and handwritten signs lined Grooms' walls -- in one section were multiple pictures of children with the words, "I live only to serve my queen," The Leaf Chronicle reported.

He was charged with aggravated sexual battery, assault, and aggregated criminal trespass.

According to NewsChannel5, Grooms' criminal history includes a robbery in 1970 and second-degree murder charges in 1984.

Grooms was charged with aggravated sexual battery, assault, and aggregated criminal trespass. He remains in Montgomery County Jail with bond set at $106,000.

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