Police search home of Seattle lawyer charged with rapes
Seattle police searched the house of attorney and accused serial rapist Danford Grant on Thursday night and interviewed residents living along his quiet, residential street in the Wedgwood neighborhood. Neighbors who live there said Friday they're saddened and disturbed by the allegations against the 47-year-old father of three.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle police searched the house of attorney and accused serial rapist Danford "Dan" Grant on Thursday night and interviewed residents living along his quiet, residential street in the Wedgwood neighborhood.
Lt. Ken Hicks of the Police Department's Vice and High Risk Victims Unit, which is handling the investigation, would not discuss what detectives may have seized from Grant's three-story home.
Meanwhile, the president of Washington Women Lawyers (WWL) confirmed that Grant's law firm, Bailey Grant Osanger, has been dropped as a sponsor of the organization's annual banquet and award ceremony, scheduled for Oct. 12. The statewide organization and its local chapters provide programming and support for female lawyers throughout the state, according to the WWL website.
"Bailey Grant Osanger is no longer a sponsor of our event," WWL President Alison Bettles said in a voice mail. "WWL doesn't have any further comment beyond that."
Grant, who was arrested Monday night after allegedly raping a 45-year-old massage therapist at a Greenwood clinic about 3 ½ miles from his house, remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $3 million bail.
He has been charged in King County Superior Court with three counts of first-degree rape and one count each of second-degree rape, attempted second-degree rape and first-degree burglary for five alleged attacks on four women in the past two months. All of the women are Asian massage therapists, according to charging documents.
Grant, a 47-year-old married father of three, is to be arraigned Oct. 11.
According to King County property records, Grant and his wife, an assistant Seattle city attorney, purchased their Wedgwood home — valued at $624,000 — in 2004.
One neighbor, who declined to give her name, said the allegations against Grant have made for "a real tough situation" for everyone.
"They've been neighbors for a long time. They've been great neighbors. We're really sad about every part of this," the woman said.
Another neighbor, a stay-at-home mom who moved into the neighborhood last month, said she was "very bothered to learn about" the case Thursday night after a TV reporter, followed by two Seattle police officers, showed up on her doorstep.
The woman, who also declined to be named, said she had not met Grant or his wife.
"It's disturbing ... I'm a little on edge," she said.
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