LOWELL — The founder of a Lowell drug treatment facility for women arrested on multiple charges, including assault with intent to rape, was deemed dangerous and held without bail in Lowell District Court Friday.
After reviewing 10 forms of evidence submitted by prosecution, Judge Daniel Crane ordered Timothy Grover, 55, of Dracut, held without bail. A “highly intoxicated” Grover was arrested following an incident at Lowell High School late Monday afternoon, Assistant District Attorney Gregory Galizio said.
“Based upon my review of the evidence, there’s something going on here that is beyond alcohol,” Crane said, concluding a dangerousness hearing Friday.
However, Crane said he would be willing to reconsider his decision should Grover be admitted to an in-patient care facility for treatment.
Grover was charged with assault with intent to rape, two counts of assault and battery, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of threat to commit a crime, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.
The defendant was arraigned Tuesday and held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.
Galizio presented 10 forms of evidence against Grover, including three written witness statements, video surveillance footage from Lowell High School, and two police reports from previous dismissed cases against the defendant.
Judge Crane overruled several objections by Defense Attorney Robert Normandin regarding the submitted evidence.
Normandin also submitted for evidence a packet of around 20 letters of support for Grover, which Galizio did not object to.
During the hearing, Galizio said the defendant wandered into Lowell High School around 4 p.m. Monday — the day before the start of the school year. Galizio said Grover entered a classroom and threatened to rape a 20-year-old woman, cornering her behind a desk. Galizio said the defendant then wandered into the school’s auditorium, where he grabbed an 18-year-old male student by the shirt and swung at him.
Grover was detained on Kirk Street by a park ranger, Lowell police said. Galizio said Grover kicked at police officers and threatened to “shoot” and “kill” them. The defendant later said he did not remember the incident, and denied that it happened, Galizio said.
Normandin requested Grover be released with a GPS tracking device. Madison Security Group, where Grover is a vice president, employs around 3,000 people, Normandin said in court. “There are many employees that rely on Grover and the work that he does,” he said.
Releasing Grover with a GPS device and sobriety testing would allow him to run the business, Normandin argued. “The public would be safe, he would be home, he would be sober…” Normandin said.
Normandin then read aloud an anonymous letter of support from a Megan’s House graduate. “Tim is not a dangerous man. He is someone who needs help,” the letter read.
“Virtually everyone in this courtroom, your honor, is here in support of Mr. Grover,” Normandin said, motioning to a group seated on benches.
“I think what he needs to focus on is treatment,” Crane said.
Grover founded The Megan House Foundation to provide residential substance abuse treatment for local women. The foundation is dedicated to his daughter, who died of overdose at age 26. The first home was opened in 2015.
The city is currently reviewing a three-year, $2.4 million contract with Madison Security Group for its garages. Lowell Public Schools announced it will no longer use the company’s services for response to night-time alarms and occasional vandalism.