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Terms of jail release set for Seattle attorney charged with rapes

Danford Grant, the Seattle attorney charged with raping several massage-clinic employees, would be on electronic home monitoring, have limited use of his computer and be allowed to be away from home for only up to four hours at a time, under the conditions for his release set out at a court hearing Tuesday.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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The Seattle attorney charged with raping several massage-clinic employees would be on electronic home monitoring, have limited use of his computer and be allowed to be away from home for only up to four hours at a time, under the conditions for his release set out at a court hearing Tuesday.

Danford Grant, who's being held in the King County Jail, would be allowed to email only his lawyers and his wife and be able to leave home only to see those lawyers, his doctors or his therapist, under the conditions laid out in King County Superior Court. If he's released after posting bail, Grant will not be allowed to go to his old law firm or have access to any work documents.

He would, however, be allowed face-to-face meetings with his law partners.

"I just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing something wrong if I was meeting with them," Grant told King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu during the hearing.

Grant's attorney, Richard Hansen, said his client's arrest "obviously has ... had a big impact on his relationship" with his law partners.

According to Hansen, Grant also may undergo psychological testing. Under the conditions of release, Grant would not be allowed to leave King County.

Grant, 47, is charged with seven felony counts, including four counts of first-degree rape, for alleged attacks on five women who work at massage-therapy offices in Seattle, Bellevue and Shoreline. He also is charged with one count of attempted second-degree rape, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree rape.

A fourth count of first-degree rape was added last week after a fifth alleged victim came forward and told police she was raped in June by a man who claimed he was a police officer, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Grant was arrested Sept. 24 a few blocks from the Carnation Chinese Massage Clinic in Greenwood after the rape of a 45-year-old massage therapist, according to charging documents.

Last week, a judge reduced Grant's bail from $3 million to $1 million.

"I very much need to be out of jail to defend against these charges and to help my attorneys work on the case," Grant wrote in court filings seeking the lowered bail. "It is awkward and difficult to meet them in jail, and nearly impossible for me to review the police reports and other discovery."

Grant wrote that he's in protective custody and is granted only an hour a day out of his cell, as well as limited phone use. Grant wrote that he's depressed and in need of his therapist and medications.

Grant also said he needs to be around his family and "to meet obligations to my business."

Grant's lawyers say he is not a flight risk because his passport has expired.

Grant was a law partner at Bailey Grant Onsager, a law firm previously known as Stafford Frey Cooper. The law firm's website notes that papers have been filed with the Secretary of State's Office to change the firm's name to Bailey Onsager.

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

Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this report.

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