Seattle attorney pleads not guilty to rape charges
Danford Grant, a Seattle attorney accused of being a serial rapist, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to six felony counts, including three for first-degree rape.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle attorney Danford Grant, accused of being a serial rapist, on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to six felony counts, including three for first-degree rape.
Grant, 47, entered his pleas before King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu, who was assigned the case after Chief Criminal Judge Ronald Kessler and Assistant Chief Criminal Judge Theresa Doyle both disqualified themselves, though court records do not indicate why. Kessler or Doyle usually handles arraignments before cases are assigned to trial judges.
Grant remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $3 million bail.
On Wednesday, Yu instructed members of the media not to photograph Grant's face because the investigation is ongoing. Also, defense attorney Richard Hansen — who is representing Grant along with attorney David Allen — did not ask Yu for a bail reduction, reserving that discussion for a future hearing.
Grant was charged Sept. 27 for four alleged attacks and rapes on three massage therapists since August. He was also charged with one count of attempted second-degree rape involving a fourth woman in July.
All four alleged victims are Asian and are employed as massage therapists; two do not speak English and one only speaks broken English, according to charging documents.
King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Val Richey wrote in charging documents that Grant is also under investigation for similar attacks on other victims. The investigation has so far uncovered alleged victims in Shoreline, Seattle and Bellevue.
Grant was arrested Sept. 24 a couple of blocks from a Greenwood massage clinic after raping a woman he had previously raped at knife point, according to charging documents. Charging documents suggest that police have DNA evidence that could link Grant to two of his alleged victims: Police say they may have obtained Grant's body fluids from one alleged victim's clothes and from a towel another alleged victim used to clean herself after she was raped.
At the time of his arrest, Grant was a partner at the Seattle law firm Bailey Grant Onsager. The firm has since dropped Grant's name and is now known as Bailey Onsager, according to its website.
Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this report.
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Information in this article, originally published Oct. 10, 2012, was corrected Oct 11, 2012. A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled one of the names in Grant's former law firm. It is Onsager, not Osanger.