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Attack on Grundy Co. school board member explained

Chris Grooms reported to police he left Monday night's meeting to find the word rapist spray painted down the side of his truck.

GRUNDY COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVC) We can finally tell the story of a Grundy County school board member whose truck was vandalized outside a controversial meeting earlier this week.

The Grundy County Sheriff's Office is sending off school surveillance video to the TBI in an attempt to enhance images of the person committing the crime that stalled the truck here at this intersection.

Chris Grooms reported to police he left Monday night's meeting to find the word 'RAPIST' spraypainted down the side of his truck. Grooms also believes something was put in his gas tank.

"We don't know who done it," Sheriff Clint Shrum said.

Jimmie White owns an auto shop in Palmer. He heard about the vandalism Monday, and told us why anything other than fuel in a gas tank can be disastrous.

"It would ruin your fuel filter," he said. "It can ruin your engine."

According to the body shop that fixed Grooms's truck, he's back on the road and driving it now.

They had to pump the fuel out earlier this week. Luckily, the paint came off too.

"There are a lot of hurt feelings on both sides," White said. "It's heartbreaking."

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Grooms serves on the school board currently dealing with the aftermath of a high school football team hazing incident.

Heated exchanges also took center stage during discussions over mishandled concession stand money.

White hasn't been to those meetings, but says regardless, no one deserves to have their property vandalized.

"I just thought it was uncalled for, because you know, Chris is a great guy," White said.

We've been digging for an explanation as to why the vandal tagged "rapist" on Grooms's truck.

Wednesday evening, we received an email from a man who worked for an anti-bullying program Grooms attended.

That program was held in Nashville four years ago.

He told NewsChannel 9 another particpant reported Grooms assaulted her the night before training at a hotel.

The group encouraged her to contact police, which she did.

Metro Nashville Police say no charges were ever brought against Grooms' there in Nashville.

The department assures us they will provide more information Thursday.

We've reached out to School Board member Chris Grooms several times to learn more. So far, we haven't heard from him.

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