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Grooms Appears In Court For Preliminary Hearing

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A case Clarksville police call one of the most bizarre they have ever seen is a step closer to going to trial.  A judge determined there was enough evidence for the case against Lenzo Grooms to move forward.

Grooms, 63, was arrested after police found a shrine in his house to a 9-year-old girl. Grooms appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

The hearing lasted about an hour. The prosecution called three witnesses, and testimony centered around the relationship between Grooms and the girl. 

Police said Grooms had a photography business and the girl was taken to Grooms' house by a family friend to have photographs taken.  They found he had set up a room for the child that appeared to be a shrine.

It was covered in photos, and had messages like "I live only to serve my queen." Officers said during one visit Grooms entered that room and inappropriately touched the girl.

Two people who lived with the girl testified that Grooms repeatedly came to their house looking for the girl and bringing her gifts.  At one point he threatened them if they did not deliver the items to the girl.  They also described his odd behavior. 

No court date was set on Tuesday.  Grooms remains in the Montgomery County jail.  He was charged with aggravated sexual battery, assault, and aggravated criminal trespassing.

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