Crime

Man pleads not guilty to voyeurism, stalking

The former owner of a now-defunct downtown business pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of stalking and video voyeurism.

Terry A. Grossman, 55, appeared by video in Fayette District Court for an arraignment. He was arrested Friday night after he allegedly broke into a home on Crescent Avenue that was occupied by several female University of Kentucky students. Grossman is the former owner of Mad Hatter hat shop, a downtown staple until it was sold to make way for the stalled CentrePointe project.

In addition to the voyeurism and stalking charges, Grossman faces 11 charges of narcotics possession and burglary.

He is being held at the Fayette County jail on a $72,000 bond. He turned down the Herald-Leader's request for an interview.

According to police reports filed in district court, officers responded to a call of a burglary in progress in the 1200 block of Crescent Avenue just before 5 p.m. Friday. Witnesses saw the suspect, described as a 50- to 60-year-old white male with gray hair, a red shirt and a black jacket, leave in a red Chevy Blazer, the reports said.

An officer stopped a vehicle matching that description on Waller Avenue and arrested Grossman, who was driving.

Lexington police said Grossman has used video and still cameras on his phone sporadically since August to record sexual acts and female body parts of the residents of the house he broke into.

Lexington police Detective Josh Masterson wrote in an arrest report that Grossman "engaged in a specific course of conduct directed at" the residents of the home on Crescent Avenue which has "alarmed, intimidated and annoyed them to where they have suffered mental distress."

While Grossman was being booked at the jail, officers found a tool in his possession that appeared to match marks found on the back door of the Crescent Avenue home, according to arrest records. Police said the tool was used to pop the door's lock.

Police said Grossman also had several drugs, including marijuana, heroin, Ambien and Viagra.

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