Support letters ask for release of attorney accused of rapes

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SEATTLE -  A Seattle attorney, who is accused of raping women at massage clinics, could bail out Monday.

 

Many friends, family and co-workers wrote letters to Judge Mary Yu in support of releasing Danford Grant.

 

According to police, 47-year-old Grant attacked massage therapists at locations in Seattle and Bellevue, and at a home in Shoreline.

 

Grant had his bail reduced to $1 million Thursday by Yu, which was previously set at $3 million.

 

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News obtained the 15 letters of support, which were turned in at a hearing Thursday morning.

 

One of the letters described Grant as “smart, funny, friendly, busy, devoted to his family and juggling many interests as they compete for his time and energy.”

 

A close friend wrote, “This case has been a shock to all of us. We have never known anything, but a hard-working dedicated professional and family man.”

 

According to prosecutors, they said the people who wrote the letters only know one side of Grant.

 

“These letters are a troubling reminder of the deception this man has engineered in order to gratify himself through sexual violence, and have no idea of the double life he’s leading,” said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Val Richey.

 

Last month, Grant was charged with six felonies, including three counts of first-degree rape.

 

On Thursday, Grant was charged with four counts of first-degree rape, two counts of second-degree rape and one count of burglary with sexual motivation.

 

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Letters to Judge Mary Yu