Seattle attorney pleads not guilty to massage rapes

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 12:20 PM

A 47-year-old Seattle attorney pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he raped and sexually attacked local massage therapists.

In King County Superior Court, Danford Grant pleaded not guilty to six criminal charges against him -- three counts of first degree rape, two counts of second degree rape, and one count of first degree burglary.

Grant is accused of five sexual assaults against four women since July. He's also accused of breaking into one of the victim's homes where she worked as a massage therapist in order to attack her.

Several victims picked Grant out of a police lineup. They claim he booked appointments as a client, but then threatened them with a knife while receiving a massage and raped them.

"The case is not as clear cut as the charging documents would indicate," said Grant's attorney, Richard Hansen. "I think we're in a very murky area of backpage and commercial sex. I think there's going to be definitely two sides to the story."

Grant has been in jail since his arrest on September 24, held on $3 million bail.

Police arrested Grant after a woman who works at Carnation Massage on NW 85th Street in Seattle claimed she was attacked by the same man who raped her two weeks prior.

The woman said she did not report the first rape because she was afraid and humiliated.

According to Grant's LinkedIn profile, he is a partner at Seattle law firm Bailey Grant Onsager where he specializes in business tort and employment litigation.

Though officers have not made a connection, police in Lawrence, Kansas are reportedly examining unsolved rape cases in that area that occurred during the years Grant attended the University of Kansas.

KING 5's Lindsay Chamberlain, Natasha Ryan compiled this report.

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