Founder of drug treatment facility Lowell pleads guilty to 15 counts; obligation to register as a sex offender

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LOWELL – The founder of a drug treatment center Lowell who was arrested in 2019 and charged with 15 felonies, including assault with intent to rape, admitted his guilt in Middlesex Superior Court on December 22.

Timothy Grover’s sentence does not include time spent behind bars, but the 57-year-old was sentenced to five years probation and must register as a sex offender, according to a spokesperson for the Office of the Clerk of the Middlesex Superior Court.

In addition to pleading guilty to assault with intent to rape, court documents show Grover agreed to skip a trial and pleaded guilty to 15 counts, including assault and battery, public disorder, resistance arrest and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Grover’s attorney Robert Normandin were unavailable for comment on the case.

The series of incidents that led to the build-up of charges against Grover occurred in downtown Lowell on the afternoon of August 26, 2019.

Assistant District Attorney Gregory Galizio detailed the incident during a dangerousness hearing held for Grover days after his arrest. According to Galizio, the “highly intoxicated” Grover wandered around Lowell High School where he cornered a 20-year-old woman behind a classroom desk and threatened to rape her.

Galizio said Grover then entered the school auditorium, where he grabbed an 18-year-old student by the shirt and punched him.

As the crime unfolded that day, a Lowell police officer reported on the emergency radio broadcast that he was reported by a distraught woman in the Kirk Street neighborhood near the high school. The woman told the police that a man had just tried to assault her.

Grover eventually left school and was detained by a park warden on Kirk Street. While in police custody, Grover kicked police officers and threatened to “shoot” and “kill” them, Galizio said during the dangerousness hearing. Police forced Grover to the ground and handcuffed him to a fence near the sidewalk they were standing on. When the police transport car arrived at the scene, Grover struggled with the police as they dragged him into the back of the vehicle.

No one was injured in the incident.

Grover later said he did not recall the incident and initially denied that it happened, Galizio said at the hearing.

Grover is the founder of Megan’s House, a Lowell addiction treatment center for women named in honor of his late daughter. Grover was no longer involved with the foundation at the time of his arrest, according to Teddy Panos, director of development and communications for Megan’s House. His last involvement in the house was about 18 months before Lowell’s crime, Panos said.

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