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List of Victims Grows As Lawyer Is Charged in Massage Therapist Rapes

Danford Grant was charged Thursday with raping three women and trying to rape another, including one in Bellevue.

Calling him "an extreme danger to the community," prosecutors on Thursday charged Seattle attorney Danford D. Grant in a series of sexual attacks on four massage therapists, including one in Bellevue and one in Shoreline.

Three of the women had worked at the Carnation Massage Clinic in Seattle's Greenlake neighborhood. Grant was arrested earlier this week after police say he attacked a massage therapist at that business.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office added a fourth victim as they laid out charges Thursday:

"The facts of this case show that the defendant is an extreme danger to the community. The defendant engaged in a violent, attempted rape of a massage parlor employee in July in which he grabbed the victim and covered her mouth and tried pulling down her pants. In mid-August he broke down the door of a home and violently raped another maassage therapist inside. In late August, he raped a massage therapist in Bellevue at knife point. In mid-September, he raped a fourth victim at knife point at a massage parlor. And in late September, he attacked the fourth victim again and forcibly raped her. He is alleged to have attacked and sexually assaulted (or tried to sexually assault) four women in five separate incidents in approximately two months He is also under investigation for similar attacks and sexual assaults on other victims."

Grant was charged with three counts of first-degree rape, one count of second-degree rape, one count of attempted second-degree rape and one count of first-degree burglary. 

Grant's bail  by King County Superior Court Judge Mark C. Chow.

Grant, 47, recently became one the named partners in the Bailey Grant Onsager law firm in Seattle. According to his bio on the website, Grant focuses on employment and business litigation.

Prosecutors said that Grant "has demonstrated an ability and intent to research and intimidate victims into complying with his demands and therefore poses a threat to the administration of justice."

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 Bellevue massage therapist, 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, including "Daniel," "Hunter" and "Bob," according to the court documents.

The Bellevue massage therapist also told investigators that another Bellevue massage therapist had been raped by the same man who attacked her two years ago, though that massage therapist did not call police at the time because she did not have a license.

The fourth woman who was added to the list of victims in Thursday's court documents said that she was attacked at Carnation Massage Clinic, the same business where two of the other victims had first met Grant. The massage therapist who was attacked in her Shoreline home previously had worked at Carnation Massage Clinic.

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.

David Allen, his attorney, said Wednesday that the employees at the massage business detained Grant by mistake.

"He is innocent of these charges, until and unless the state can prove it beyond a reasonable doubt which (we) have great doubts that they can," Allen said.

Grant is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at the King County Courthouse

Jeanne Gustafson September 28, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I just reread this article, and the reporter never once uses the terms you mention, Xerlan.
Tu-Ha Nguyen September 28, 2012 at 03:27 PM
J. Gustafson: Thank you.
lancedesign September 28, 2012 at 04:02 PM
The "parlor" is in the quotation but I don't see the "masseuse".
Jeanne Gustafson September 28, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Thanks for your comments, lancedesign and Tu-Ha. The quote is directly from the Prosecutor's Office.
Venice Buhain September 28, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Hello, Xerian. Thanks for your comment. We've been careful not to use the words "massage parlor" or "masseuse" because of the connotation of those words, though the King County Prosecuting Attorney used that terminology in the portion of the court filing that we quoted.
Julie Houff September 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Let out drug "offenders" from jail to make sure there is room to keep these people in jail until their last day.
K.M. May September 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I hope the suspect in these sexual assaults is tried in a Court of Law & kept off the streets, away from free society. He is obviously a dangerous man who is progressively becoming more violent toward many women. I do have a few questions however. We have been told that none of the victims are prostitutes, nor were they engaged in prostitution at the time of the multiple sexual assaults (not to say that a prostitute can't be a victim of assault too tho). I have to wonder why, in her radio interview yesterday (97.3 FM Ron & Don show), 1 victim stated that in an effort to try & stop the man (who was a previous customer of hers) from raping her, she "reminded him" that since he had (at some point previously) been telling her "that he loved" her, "then why would he do this" to her"? Say what?? Why would this professional woman have continued to provide ANY business services to the man if he had previously professed his love to her, and therefore shown he was not a proper business client? Once anything inappropriate surfaced with him, she should have stopped accepting his business. Period. It also seemed unprofessional & questionable to me that she was providing her service to him late at night, out of her private home. Can anyone shed light on this? Thank you.
Ron Olson September 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Bellevue police make multiple arrests at massage parlors and implicate the operators and employees in criminal activity, and then a lawyer gets arrested for sexually assaulting an employee at the same type of establishment. I bet there's more to this story.

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