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November 1, 2012 at 5:48 AM

Seattle lawyer facing rape charges free on bail

The Seattle lawyer charged with raping several massage-clinic employees has been released on bail.

Danford Grant was released Wednesday from the King County Jail with an electronic monitoring device for his ankle and a list of court-ordered conditions.

Grant will be able to leave home for up to four hours a day to see his lawyers, his doctors or his therapist, all conditions laid out by a King County Superior Court judge.

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 recently added 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 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.

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