Attorney pleads not guilty to raping women at knifepoint

Attorney pleads not guilty to raping women at knifepoint
SEATTLE -- A Seattle attorney charged with raping massage therapists in Seattle, Shoreline and Bellevue pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.

Danford D. Grant, 47, faces multiple charges of rape and attempted rape in attacks involving four women.

Grant was arrested Sept. 24 at the Carnation Massage Clinic in Greenwood. An employee told police Grant raped her at knife point about one month earlier, and returned and again tried to sexually assault her the day of his arrest.

Prosecutors said Grant also raped another woman at the same business in July.

After the arrest, a detective working the case was contacted by a Bellevue police detective who said a victim from Bellevue had positively identified Grant from a photo line up. In that case a man matching Grant's description raped a massage therapist at knife point on August 28.

Grant is also charged with raping a massage therapist at her home in Shoreline on August 19. The victim in that attack told police Grant came to her house to ask for a massage. When she said no, he allegedly forced his way inside, breaking the chain lock inside the door.

The woman said Grant then put his hands around her neck and covered her mouth so she couldn't scream, according to court documents. Grant allegedly said he just wanted a massage, but the victim said he forced her into a back room, where he raped her.

Grant is a litigation partner at the Seattle law firm Bailey Grant Onsager and previously worked with the civil division of the the Seattle City Attorney's Office.

He is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $3 million bail.