Seattle attorney accused of rape may have more victims, police say

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SEATTLE —

Vice detectives have told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News that they're looking into reports a Seattle attorney facing multiple rape charges may have additional victims.

 

Danford Grant is accused of rapes at massage clinics in Seattle and Bellevue, and a home in Shoreline.

 

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Monique Ming Laven said that when she went to one of the massage clinics for reaction, people told her there were half a dozen more women who need to get in touch with investigators.

 

They hesitated in the past because, as with the most recent victim, there are language barriers.

 

Ming Laven said that when she spoke with people at the Carnation Health Center in Greenwood, they indicated this is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

"Six ladies have been attacked by the guy," said interpreter Kathy Tang.

 

The group showed Laven surveillance video that captured the suspect inside the massage clinic. They said a handful of massage parlors are managed by the same people, and all the parlors' employees looked at the video. 

 

They said six women say that on different occasions, Grant raped, groped or threatened them.

 

"The bad guy forces ladies to do what they don't want to do," said Tang.

 

Vice detectives said they don't know how far back the cases may stretch or how many women may be involved.

 

Grant appeared in court on Wednesday as his wife, mother and law partner heard the rape charges against him.  He is jailed pending $3 million bail.

 

His attorney said prosecutors will need more than the surveillance video, which doesn't prove the attacks occurred.

 

"But that doesn't prove that the attacks occurred. There's more to the story than what you've heard so far, and I'm sure all of it will come out either at trial or before," said attorney David Allen.

 

Court papers said Grant tracked one of the women to her home and raped her there. The papers said that when he allegedly raped another woman at a clinic in Bellevue, he also told her he knew where she lived and that he proved it by reciting her address.