• Attorney in massage therapist attacks charged with new count of rape


    As a prominent Seattle attorney accused of attacks on local massage therapists is charged with a fourth count of first-degree rape, a judge granted him a $2 million reduction in bail.


    Police said Danford Grant attacked massage therapists at locations in Seattle and Bellevue, and at a home in Shoreline.


    The 47-year-old attorney was charged with six felonies, including three counts of first-degree rape, last month.  Grant is now charged with four counts of first-degree rape, two counts of second-degree rape and one count of burglary with sexual motivation.


    The latest allegation of rape is detailed in probable cause documents that said in June, Grant followed a cashier at a massage business to her car, told the woman he was a police officer and ordered her to the passenger seat of her car.


    He then drove the woman to a nearby area and raped her, the documents said.


    Prosecutors said Grant is seen on surveillance video at one of the massage clinics and police said they have DNA evidence tying Grant to the attacks.


    Grant’s defense team said the evidence doesn’t prove that Grant attacked the women.


    His lawyers may try to prove that the sex between Grant and the women was consensual.


    At a Thursday morning hearing, defense attorney Richard Hansen turned in letters from community members written in Grant’s support.


    “He is described in the most glowing terms a charitable, kind, dedicated father,” said Hansen.


    But prosecutors describe Grant as having a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-type character who is a successful attorney and family man at times, and a violent rapist at others.


    “It was hard to read those letters from members of the community and his family.  They speak so highly of this person that they believe they know.  And yet had absolutely no idea of the double life he's been leading,” said prosecutor Valiant Richey.


    Previously, Grant’s bail was set at $3 million because the judge believed Grant, who is a partner at a law firm, was a flight risk.


    But in King County Court Thursday morning, Grant's attorneys said Grant has no savings, assets or current passport. 


     Judge Mary Yu reduced Grant's bail to a $1 million unsecured bond backed by Grant's mother.


    Yu ordered that while out on bail, Grant must stay on electronically monitored home detention and is prohibited from visiting massage parlors or using the Internet.

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