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$3M bail set for Seattle lawyer accused of raping 3 women

Bail was set at $3 million on Wednesday for Danford "Dan" Grant, a 47-year-old Seattle attorney who is accused of raping three women within the last month.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Danford Grant affidavit

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Bail was set at $3 million on Wednesday for Danford "Dan" Grant, a 47-year-old Seattle attorney who is accused of raping three massage therapists within the past month.

Police in Seattle and Bellevue believe there may be additional victims, King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Val Richey told the judge Wednesday in requesting the high bail amount — $1 million per each alleged victim.

David Allen, a prominent criminal-defense attorney representing Grant, called the sum "extraordinary" and asked King County District Court Judge Mark Chow to set bail at $150,000 and order electronic home monitoring for Grant.

Allen said Grant, a married father of three, has strong ties to the community. He noted that Grant's wife, Seattle Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Johnson Grant, and one of his law partners, Darrin Bailey, were among those in court Wednesday to show their support for Grant.

"He has every reason to stay. He trusts the legal system. He wants his day in court," Allen said, disputing Richey's contention that Grant is a flight risk.

But Chow, citing the seriousness of the allegations, granted the state's request. Should Grant post bail, Chow ordered that he be put on electronic home monitoring and surrender his passport.

"It's the multiplicity of the allegations that the court is gravely concerned with," Chow said, calling Grant's position as an attorney "diametrically opposed" to the allegations he faces. "We're talking about forced rape with a weapon."

Chow found probable cause to hold Grant at King County Jail on investigation of three counts of first-degree rape and one count each of first-degree burglary and second-degree rape.

One of the women allegedly was raped on two occasions, less than a week apart, Richey said. Two of the three do not speak English.

Formal charges are expected to be filed Thursday, Richey said.

Grant is a law partner at Bailey Grant Onsager, previously known as Stafford Frey Cooper, one of the city's oldest, most prestigious firms. The name change came after three lawyers left to form their own defense firm in April.

According to Grant's profile on the firm's website, he earned a law degree from the University of Kansas in 1995 and a year later, a master of laws degree from the University of Washington.

An employment and business litigator, Grant once worked in the Seattle City Attorney's Office, and he coaches Little League baseball, according to his profile on the social-media site LinkedIn.

Grant was arrested Monday night after the alleged rape of a Mandarin-speaking massage therapist at the Carnation Chinese Massage Clinic on Northwest 85th Street in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case. He allegedly raped the same woman at knife point in a private room on Sept. 19, after paying for a massage, the statement says.

Rae Wu said the alleged victim of Monday's attack emigrated from China six months ago. Wu, who is a friend of Jessie Shao, owner of the Carnation Chinese Massage Clinic, interpreted information provided in Mandarin by Shao and the alleged victim.

The alleged victim was alone in the clinic when a man came in about 9:30 p.m., Wu said.

The woman, who recognized him as the same man who she said raped her on Sept. 19, was on the phone with a friend and, in Mandarin, asked the friend to call Shao, Wu said. Shao called 911, and on her way to the business with two male friends, kept phoning her employee, said Wu, a research scientist at the UW.

"Jessie called her many times and he knew something was up," she said. The woman called Shao back after the alleged attack but before the assailant left, according to the probable-cause statement.

After Shao and her friends arrived, the three attempted to detain the man, but he got away, Wu said. However, they later identified him to police, she said. Officers arrested Grant a couple of blocks away.

"She's extremely sad. She's been crying since Monday," Wu said of the alleged victim.

Allen, Grant's lawyer, said his client's arrest was the result of a misunderstanding.

"They were threatening to hurt him," Allen told KING 5. "He was glad when the police showed up. He thought it was a mistake."

After Grant's arrest, one of the clinic employees told a Seattle detective about another alleged victim, a massage therapist who had left the business to work out of her Shoreline home, the probable-cause statement says. Accompanied by a Mandarin interpreter, the detective interviewed the 53-year-old Shoreline woman, who said Grant had called her from outside her house on Aug. 19 and asked to come in, the document says.

When the woman refused to let Grant in, he forced the door open, grabbed her neck and covered her mouth so she couldn't scream, the statement says. Grant forced her into the bedroom where her massage table was set up, ordered her to undress and raped her, it says.

Grant is also suspected of raping a 45-year-old massage therapist at a Bellevue massage business on Aug. 28.

About 30 minutes into a massage, he "started talking to her about marrying him and leaving her husband," promising to take care of her and offering to travel the world together, the statement says. He also told her he'd researched her and mentioned her husband's name and their home address, which were both correct, the statement says.

After she continued to refuse his advances, Grant slapped her, grabbed her by the hair, pressed a knife to her face and raped her, the statement says.

"So many people were so happy he got caught because this is so, so, so malicious and these people do not know how to even initiate" a police report, Wu said, noting some of the women are new immigrants.

Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or sgreen@seattletimes.com

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