October 25, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Bail reduced for Seattle attorney charged with rape
A judge this morning reduced the bail for a Seattle attorney charged with rape from $3 million to $1 million. Also, prosecutors have added an additional charge against the attorney, Danford Grant, who is accused of raping massage therapists and a cashier of a massage clinic.
Grant had sought to have his bail reduced to $250,000. Grant, 47, is now charged with seven felony counts.
Seattle attorney Richard Hansen, who is representing Grant, said he’s hopeful that Grant will be released from jail by next week now that his bail has been reduced. Grant has been held in lieu of $3 million bail since Sept. 26.
In court filings, Grant wrote: ”I very much need to be out of jail to defend against these charges and to help my attorneys work on the case. 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 only granted an hour a day out of his cell, as well as limited phone use. Grant wrote in his plea for reduced bail that he’s depressed and in need of his therapist and medications.
Grant also said that he needs to be released 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 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.
Until this morning, Grant had been charged in connection with alleged assaults on four massage therapists. Today, prosecutors announced a fifth victim and additional charges.
Grant was a law partner at Bailey Grant Onsager, a law firm previously known as Stafford Frey Cooper. On the law firm’s website, it notes that papers have been filed with the Secretary of State to change the law firm’s name to Bailey Onsager.
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