Grover arraigned at superior court level

Assistant clerk magistrate reduces defendant's probation conditions

Timothy Grover (right) was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on several charges, including assault with intent to rape. He was represented by Attorney Robert Normandin (left).
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WOBURN — Timothy Grover, who was accused of threatening to rape a 20-year-old woman at Lowell High School in August, will no longer be restricted from the entire city of Lowell, a Middlesex Superior Court assistant clerk magistrate ruled Friday.

The defendant, whose probation conditions previously restricted him from entering Lowell, is now permitted to visit four city locations, including two cemeteries, Lowell General Hospital, and a rental property he owns.

Grover, 55, is the founder of Megan’s House, a Lowell addiction treatment center for women.

He was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn on the following charges: assault with intent to rape; two counts of assault and battery; disturbing the peace; three counts of attempt to commit a crime; resisting arrest; two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; two counts of threat to commit a crime; assault and battery on a public employee; resisting arrest; and malicious destruction of property under $1,200.

During the proceedings, details of a 2018 police case against Grover were also revealed.

On Aug. 26, a “highly intoxicated” Grover was arrested outside Lowell High School, Assistant District Attorney Greg Galizio said during a dangerousness hearing on Aug. 30.

Galizio said the defendant wandered into Lowell High School at about 4 p.m. on the day before the start of the school year, cornered a 20-year-old woman behind a classroom desk, and threatened to rape her.

The defendant then entered the school’s auditorium, where he grabbed an 18-year-old male student by the shirt and swung at him, Galizio said.

Grover was detained on Kirk Street by a park ranger, according to Lowell police. 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.

Grover was initially deemed “dangerous” and ordered held without bail by Judge Daniel Crane in Lowell District Court. But on Sept. 4, Crane ordered Grover’s release to attend an in-patient Serenity at Summit addiction treatment program in Haverhill.

Crane readdressed Grover’s conditions of release on Oct. 24, following his release from the in-patient program. Grover was later indicted by a grand jury.

During the defendant’s arraignment in Superior Court on Friday, Assistant District Attorney Arme Hantson requested that Crane’s amended conditions of release be upheld.

Those conditions included: monitoring by a GPS tracking device with the entire city as an exclusion zone and orders to remain at home from 1 p.m. to 7 a.m.; orders to stay away from, have no contact with and not abuse any witnesses in the case; orders to remain alcohol-free with monitoring by a SCRAM device four times per day; orders to remain drug-free with random screening; and restrictions from possessing any firearms or dangerous weapons.

Attorney Robert Normandin, who represented Grover on Friday, requested that the defendant be allowed to visit some areas of Lowell, and that his curfew be adjusted to 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“Because of his (Grover’s) business endeavors, it’s very difficult for him to get anything done,” Normandin said in court.

Grover is currently the owner of Madison Security Group, which is in the process of being sold, Normandin said. Lowell Public Schools ceased using the security group for response to late-night alarms and occasional vandalism in August.

“He (Grover) has to skirt the entire city of Lowell every time he tries to do anything. He’s actually unable to attend some of the AA meetings that he would like to be attending because of the curfew restrictions,” Normandin continued.

Hantson said in court that he still considers Grover “dangerous.”

“This is not the first time that he (Grover) has been accused of something like this,” Hantson said.

In 2018, police investigated allegations that Grover drugged and raped a woman, according to the assistant district attorney.

However, the complainant reported the alleged incident about two weeks after she said it occurred, and “all the evidence had been washed away or had been biologically degraded at that point,” Hantson said.

“Police couldn’t go forward because of the lack of evidence,” Hantson said. Grover was not charged in relation to the 2018 alleged incident.

On Friday, Assistant Clerk Magistrate Daniel Flaherty updated Grover’s conditions of release to allow visitation to four city locations: Lowell General Hospital, Edson Cemetery, St. Patrick Cemetery, and a rental property he owns at 27 4th St. Flaherty did not alter any other release conditions, including Grover’s curfew restrictions.

Grover will appear in Lowell Superior Court on March 2. He declined to comment before and after the superior court arraignment.

“I think the restrictions are unnecessary,” Normandin said following the arraignment. He said he plans to address the conditions with a judge in Lowell Superior Court.