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The Today File

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September 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Bail set at $3 million for Seattle attorney accused of rapes

A judge this afternoon set bail at $3 million for a Seattle attorney accused of four rapes at two massage therapy studios in Seattle and Bellevue.

Defense attorney David Allen requested bail be set at $150,000, saying the suspect had ties to the community. But Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Val Richey said the suspect had threatened at least one of the alleged victims.

Richey said charges would be filed against the suspect on Thursday.

According to Seattle police, employees of Carnation Massage Clinic, at 602 NW 85th St. in Seattle, called 911 Monday night to report that a man who had recently assaulted a massage therapist had returned. Other employees chased down the man, who had fled on foot. He was caught a short distance later and then taken into police custody.

It is not clear when the sexual assault allegedly occurred.

Carla Iafrate, spokeswoman for the Bellevue Police Department, said Tuesday that the same man is suspected of raping a massage therapist in that city at knife point last month.

Authorities say the man is suspected of four rapes at the two clinics. There are three alleged victims; one victim was allegedly raped twice, authorities said.

Among those in court during this afternoon’s hearing was the suspect’s wife and her mother, as well as a partner in the suspect’s law firm.

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