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Attorney charged with rape; police may have DNA evidence

King County Prosecutors charged Seattle attorney Danford Grant with six felonies Thursday, three of them for first-degree rape. A fourth alleged victim has been identified, and charging documents suggest that police have possible DNA evidence linking the 47-year-old to two of the massage therapists he is accused of attacking.

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King County prosecutors Thursday filed six felony charges, including three for first-degree rape, against Seattle attorney Danford "Dan" Grant, and court documents suggest that police may have DNA evidence connecting him to two of the alleged victims.

Grant was ordered held in the King County Jail on $3 million bail Wednesday for investigation of attacks and rapes on three massage therapists within the past month. On Thursday, he was also charged with one count of attempted second-degree rape involving a fourth woman in July. Grant, 47, was also charged with one count of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree rape.

His arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 11.

So far, the investigation has uncovered victims in Seattle, Bellevue and Shoreline, according to charging documents. All are Asian, and all are employed as massage therapists, according to the documents.

Though detectives in the Seattle Police Department's Sexual Assault Unit initiated the investigation, the case has been turned over to the department's Vice and High Risk Victims Unit. But there is no evidence that any of the alleged victims were also victims of human-trafficking, or involved in prostitution, Lt. Ken Hicks said.

"We are not investigating anyone involved in this scenario for prostitution. It's not part of the case," he said.

The department gave the case to the Vice and High Risk Victims Unit because "part of the expertise these detectives have is in this culture. They see all of the massage parlors," both legitimate businesses and those that are fronts for prostitution, Hicks said.

Hicks said detectives in the unit are also more accustomed to dealing with non-English speaking victims and securing the help of certified interpreters.

Two of the alleged victims don't speak English and a third speaks only broken English, according to charging documents.

Given the facts of the case, Hicks believes the women were targeted because they are "particularly vulnerable" as non-English speakers or relatively new immigrants.

In charging documents, King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Val Richey wrote that Grant "is also under investigation for similar attacks and sexual assaults on other victims."

According to the charging papers, the 38-year-old woman who was attacked in July at a Seattle massage clinic struggled with Grant, though he was able to pin her to a massage table before he eventually stopped and apologized. Police say they have obtained possible DNA evidence from the woman's clothes.

The woman reported the attempted rape to a Seattle detective July 26, according to charging documents. After Grant's arrest Monday, the detective re-interviewed the woman, and she was able to provide more details and turned the pants she was wearing during the attack over to police, the papers say.

That woman was an employee of the Carnation Chinese Massage Clinic in Greenwood, where Grant is accused of raping a 45-year-old massage therapist at knife point Sept. 19, then raping her again Monday just before his arrest.

In the alleged rape on Sept. 19, the 45-year-old told detectives that Grant wore a condom, according to the charges. During the second alleged attack, "the suspect was in a hurry" and did not wear a condom, charging papers say.

She kept a towel that she had used to clean herself with and turned it over to detectives, the papers say.

Grant was also charged Thursday with forcing open the door and raping a 53-year-old massage therapist in her Shoreline home Aug. 19, and of raping a 45-year-old Bellevue therapist at knife point Aug. 28.

"The facts of this case show that the defendant is an extreme danger to the community," Richey wrote in charging documents. "... He is alleged to have attacked and sexually assaulted (or tried to sexually assault) four women in five separate incidents in approximately two months."

As of Thursday evening, jail records show that Grant had not posted bail. He is being represented by David Allen, a prominent Seattle criminal-defense attorney.

Grant is married to an assistant Seattle city attorney and is a law partner at Bailey Grant Onsager. The firm's website, which had included a profile of Grant, was taken down Thursday.

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

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