UPDATE: $3M Bail Set for Attorney in Rape of Massage Therapists in Bellevue, Shoreline, Seattle

Seattle attorney and law firm partner Danford D. Grant is accused in three attacks on massage therapists.

Bail was set at $3 million Wednesday for Seattle attorney Danford D. Grant, who is accused of raping three massage therapists--including last month's attack of a Bellevue massage therapist and the rape of a Shoreline massage therapist at her home.

King County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Val Richey requested that bail be set at $1 million for each victim because the victims felt threatened and intimidated before and after the rape.

The Shoreline woman was attacked in her home, and the Bellevue victim told investigators that Grant knew her husband's name and where they lived, according to court documents.

Grant's defense attorney, David Allen, in arguing for lower bail pointed out that Grant had no prior record and had family ties to the community, including a wife and mother in Seattle.

After the appearance in King County Superior Court, Allen said that his client is innocent, and did not know why the employees at the massage business tried to detain him on Monday.

King County Superior Court Judge Mark C. Chow found probable cause, set bail at $3 million, and required that Grant wear a monitor if he posts bail. The deadline to file formal charges is Thursday, according to a spokesman for the King County Prosecutor's Office.

Grant, 47, is a partner in the Bailey Grant Onsager law firm in Seattle. According to his bio on the website, Grant focuses on employment and business litigation and has represented business and public groups including the Olympic Pipe Line Company, MEDNAX Services, Pediatrix Medical Group, American Anesthesiology, Columbia Physical Therapy, Green River Community College.

According to police reports, Grant was arrested Monday at the Carnation Massage Clinic, at 602 N.W. 85th St. in Seattle. Witnesses told investigators that he raped one of the massage therapists at knifepoint, and employees tried to detain him as they called police. Grant tried to run, but police caught him after a chase, reports said. The therapist told police that Grant had sexually assaulted her previously at the business.

That incident came less than a month after an Aug. 28 incident, in which a Bellevue massage therapist told police she was sexually assaulted at knifepoint, Bellevue police reported.

The woman, 45, told police that the suspect scheduled a massage at the business in the 15200 block of N.E. 20th St. and started to make sexual advances toward her during the appointment.

According to the police department, when the woman refused his offer, he grew angry, threatened her with a pocket knife and proceeded to sexually assault her. The victim told police she recognized him as being a past client of the business, but she didn't know his name, police said.  He had come to the business using multiple names, according to the court documents.

Grant is a longtime attorney who has practiced in the Seattle area, including getting a master of laws degree from the University of Washington in 1996 an focusing on employment litigation in the Seattle City Attorney's Office from 1996 to 2000, according to his Linked In profile. Grant became one of the named shareholders of Bailey Grant Onsager earlier this year, according to the law firm's website.

Grant's focus is on employment and business litigation, including discrimination, business torts, noncompete agreements, and business ownership disputes.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct earlier details.

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Julie Houff September 27, 2012 at 05:05 AM
I'm not going into hiding by a long shot. And, political affiliations have nothing to do with sociopath behavior-it's among ALL political groups. We live in a society that supports and encourages misanthropes. We all need to support each other creating a more just, sane and happy culture.
Priya Sinha September 27, 2012 at 04:16 PM
WOW! Jeff, you must have some serious super human powers! Or, perhaps a direct line to GOD . Those of your ilk often do. The article says nothing about the guy's political affiliation. Maybe you are advocating a new kind of criminal screening: if one is a Democrat, he is a criminal -- throw him in jail. How would you then account for the criminals still roaming the streets?
Priya Sinha September 27, 2012 at 04:54 PM
@Jeff, ROFLMAO. Surely you see the irony in your personal attack off all Democrats as criminals. What's the logic in that? And. my statement is not a personal attack. I understand all Republicans/Conservatives, i.e. those of your ilk, are close to God. Still laughing.....
Luna September 27, 2012 at 05:13 PM
People of honor and principle end up in both parties.
Priya Sinha September 27, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Mr. Lebowski, that's Ms. Sinha to you. SROFLMAO.
JuneGloom September 27, 2012 at 05:49 PM
"It doesn't take long to resort to personal attacks when reason and logic isn't available."
Kendall Watson September 27, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Don't go there, Jeff. She walked back the "ilk" comment. @Priya Sinha & @Jeff Lebowski: Let's criticize each other's ideas, rather than the person.
Priya Sinha September 27, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Mr. Lebowski, Is that all you have. Seriously?! Try again. Still Laughing.
Jeanne Gustafson September 27, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I am very glad for our community that the police have apprehended a suspect in these crimes, and that the justifiable fear of the victims has been taken into account in setting a high bail amount. If ever there was an issue that did not have anything to do with personal politics and everything to do with public safety, this is it. Kudos to law enforcement for working together on a case that crosses several jurisdictions, and if the suspect is found guilty, I sincerely hope justice is served. I know that this is election season, but I'm frankly a little surprised by several of the comments I see above. This is the kind of violence and disregard for other human beings that ought to be galvanizing us against those who put our safety at risk, not inspiring uncomfortable personal attacks between political factions and genders.
Tu-Ha Nguyen September 27, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Thank you Jeanne G!
Jeanne Gustafson September 27, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I'm sorry to have to say this, Jeff, as I have often appreciated your comments on Patch articles, but I don't think you're in a position to point fingers about personal attacks in this case.
Beverly Santarelli September 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM
are u telling me his wife did not know it was her husband by the police sketch that was put out,, she must be a stay home mom. that depends on this pig for everything,, and that is sad, why eles would she not turn him in before he hurts another women?? i am just happy they got him!!!!
Beverly Santarelli September 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM
well said
Beverly Santarelli September 27, 2012 at 10:04 PM
one word kenndys
Kendall Watson September 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Jeff, Dude, I wasn't calling you out there because you have a differing opinion. I was calling you out (actually, I called you both out) because you're not following the Terms of Use. Please, everyone, “Keep it clean,” “Don’t try to trick people,” and “Treat others as you’d like to be treated.” That's basically the minimum requirements for the comments that we're trying to maintain here.
Jeanne Gustafson September 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Jeff, I'm happy to have you share your opinions. However, comments referring in a derogatory manner to someone's marital status don't raise the bar of discourse.
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA September 27, 2012 at 10:47 PM
. With no PatchProfile, one does feel a bit free-er to Comment at will- nicht wahr? J-
Jeanne Gustafson September 27, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I know, that's my point!
Kendall Watson September 27, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Keine sorge, mein lieber Freund.
Jeanne Gustafson September 27, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Jeff, the comment I referenced was inappropriate in my opinion. Please review Patch's Terms of Use: http://sammamish.patch.com/terms, and if you'd like to discuss why feel free to contact me at jeanne.gustafson@patch.com
Venice Buhain September 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Beverly, his wife is actually an assistant attorney for the city of Seattle. It's hard for me to judge a person even if I've been in his or her shoes. Perhaps she saw no resemblance. And of course, this all has yet to be tried in a court of law, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Of course, I think what makes this case so interesting for many people is that the accused is someone who is very accomplished by most standards, has built a good career and has a lot to lose if he's proven guilty.


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