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May 5, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Prosecutors drop 4 charges against Seattle attorney accused of rapes

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Attorney Danford Grant in King County Superior Court Monday morning. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)

A Seattle attorney pending trial in connection with a string of sexual attacks on Asian massage therapists will face five, not nine, felony counts.

This morning, the King County Prosecutor’s Office announced they have dismissed four counts filed against Danford Grant. The charges dropped are one count of first-degree rape, two counts of second-degree rape and one count of attempted second-degree rape.

Grant is still facing two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of attempted second-degree rape and one count of burglary.

The reduction in counts, announced as jury selection is about to begin in the King County Superior Court case, will not make a major reduction in the amount of prison time Grant could  face if convicted, prosecutors said. If convicted, Grant faces more than 20 years in prison.

Grant, a 49-year-old father of three, posted $1 million bail and has been on electronic home detention since November 2012.

Grant is accused of assaulting massage therapists in the Puget Sound area in 2012.

Mary Yu, the Superior Court judge who had been handling the case, was appointed last week to the state Supreme Court. Judge William Downing will now preside over the case.

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