$3 million bail set for Seattle attorney accused of rape

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Bail was set at $3 million Wednesday for a Seattle attorney accused of rape.

 

Lawyer Danford Grant, 47, appeared before a judge in a courtroom where his wife, mother and legal partner were present.

 

According to documents, Grant is suspected of four counts of rape and one count of burglary for attacks at three massage businesses in Bellevue, Shoreline and Seattle in the past month.

 

In August, a suspect sketch was released from a rape in Bellevue, which was similar to Grant’s online photo.

 

The prosecutor called it compulsive behavior that cannot be stopped, which is why the state asked for a high bail. The judge agreed.

 

One of the victims said Grant raped her twice, where she provides massages at the Carnation Health Center in Greenwood.

 

“I’m really scared, I’m very scared right now,” said the victim. “The first time, he actually carried a knife when he came here.”

 

A surveillance video from the massage clinic was released, and police and the victim said it is Grant in the video.

 

According to court documents, Grant visited the business for the third time on Monday.

 

The owner and a friend immediately recognized Grant as the same man who they said used a knife in one rape at the location and choked the woman in a second attack. They called 911.

 

Grant was later arrested by Seattle police officers.

 

According to Grant’s attorney, David Allen, there is presumption of innocence.

 

“There has been no proof brought out against him at this point,” said Allen. “But that doesn’t prove that the attacks occurred. There’s more to the story than you’ve heard so far, and I’m sure all of it’s going to come out at trial or before.

 

The Seattle Police Department told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News that it is investigating whether prostitution was involved at the Seattle rape location, but the Bellevue Police Department said it is not part of their investigation.