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Who Is Tim Grover? Man Charged in Lowell High School Attack Founded a Well-Regarded Charity

Grover is accused of assaulting three people, including a teacher, inside Lowell High School

Four years after founding a charity to help young women, Tim Grover allegedly followed a woman into a Massachusetts high school, threatened to rape her, attacked a student and a teacher, and tried to bite one of the officers who arrested him.

The 55-year-old Dracut resident, a prominent member of the Merrimack Valley community, appeared in court Tuesday to answer to serious charges, including assault with intent to rape, based on the incident Monday afternoon.

While the details of this week's case are limited, Grover's charity and profession — he owns a security firm — offer a glimpse at his life.

After his daughter died from an overdose, Grover created Megan's House for young women battling drug addiction, and he was frequently seen promoting the charity's cause, even appearing Massachusetts' governor and one of its U.S. senators. But Grover has not been involved with the Megan House Foundation since early last year, the organization said, without explaining what happened.

Grover was also involved this year in a major redevelopment plan for a building in downtown Lowell.

His attorney didn't reach respond to requests for comment for this story.

THE MEGAN HOUSE FOUNDATION
Tragedy struck the Grover family in December 2014. Megan Grover, daughter of Tim Grover, died from an overdose after a struggle with addiction. She was 26.

Grover turned the loss into a mission to help young women like his daughter, creating the Megan House Foundation "to help the Merrimack Valley community and surrounding areas establish a comprehensive plan to provide and facilitate substance abuse treatment services for people in need," according to the organization's website.

Megan's House, which opened in 2015, describes itself as "a long-term residential housing substance abuse treatment and recovery home for women between the ages of 18 and 26."

Erin's House later opened as a "second stage" facility "where young women can go and live for one to three years as they put their lives back together," Grover said in one of his two appearances on necn's "The Take" in 2017, a year when Grover's work would be repeatedly recognized.

Grover was photographed the same year with Sen. Ed Markey and Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan, who were visiting Megan's House and speaking with some of its residents.

Also in 2017, he attended a Lowell meeting of Gov. Charlie Baker's cabinet, where Megan's House received a grant from the state that funded much of the foundation's work. The foundation's work was honored with a second-place 2017 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award that year as well.

But while it still bears his late daughter's name, the Megan House Foundation said Tuesday that Grover has had no involvement for a year and a half.

"Mr. Grover separated completely from The Megan House more than 18 months ago and has not been involved with any aspect of its operations since that time," a publicist representing the foundation said in a statement.

The foundation did not give any details about the circumstances of Grover's departure. It said that, while a photo shows Grover with Megan's House officials in August 2018, Grover was invited to the event by a donor and was not affiliated with the foundation at the time.

MADISON SECURITY GROUP
Steps away from the spot where Grover was arrested Monday is the office of Madison Security Group.

Grover is listed as one of the company's directors, as well as its vice president and treasurer, in corporate paperwork listed by the Massachusetts secretary of state's office. Multiple articles in the Lowell Sun describe Grover as the firm's owner, and Merrimack Valley Magazine has identified him as its founder, as well.

Founded in 2004, Madison describes itself as "a full-service contract agency specializing in the design of short and long-term protective services solutions." It was also listed as a private investigator licensed with Massachusetts as of mid-June.

The company has offices in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Alabama and Florida, according to its website. Its corporate office is listed on Kirk Street in Lowell.

Madison Security Group is a partner in the redevelopment of a five-story building in downtown Lowell as a boutique hotel, according to a January news release that quoted Grover. 

A person who answered the phone at Madison Security Group gave no comment when NBC10 Boston called to ask about Grover's relationship with the company.

THIS WEEK'S ALLEGATIONS
Grover is accused of following a woman into Lowell High School Monday. In court, prosecutors said he approached and told the woman she should call the police because someone was going to rape her. When she asked who was going to do it, Grover allegedly said, "I am."

The woman managed to escape, but prosecutors said Grover went to the auditorium and confronted a student.

"He starts touching my neck. That's when I turned around and I yelled at him," the 18-year-old student said. "I started swearing at him, 'You don't know me, why are you touching me like that?'"

The student said Grover continued to harass him, also shoving a teacher. Grover allegedly grabbed the teen's sweater.

"He was in my face, I'm like, 'Yo, can you please let me go?' He said, 'No,'" the student recalled. "He's just in my face, he wasn't letting go, that's when I hit him."

Grover was believed to be "highly intoxicated" at the time, authorities said. One of the victims flagged down a police officer.

Grover was spotted near the intersection of Kirk and Paige streets. Police said he yelled profanities and threatened them, then kicked and tried to bite one of the officers.

Charges against Grover include assault with intent to rape, two counts of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Defense attorney Daniel Thompson said Grover denies the allegations "in their entirety."

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