Shoreline Massage Therapist Says Seattle Lawyer Broke Into Her Home, Raped Her

The woman previously worked at a massage clinic where Danford Grant is suspected of sexually assaulting another therapist.

A partner in a Seattle law firm is facing accusations of rape and burglary in an Aug. 19 incident at a Shoreline woman's home.

Seattle Police arrested Danford Grant, 47, on Monday in a separate incident at Carnation Massage Clinic in Ballard, where the Shoreline victim previously worked. He's suspected in three rapes in the Seattle area, and one of those women told Bellevue police that she knew of another victim from about two years ago who did not report the incident.

Grant, who is married, is being held in the King County Jail. Bail was set at $3 million Wednesday. The deadline for charges to be filed is Thursday.

In the Aug. 19 incident, Grant is accused of going to the Shoreline woman's house where she provides massage services, forcing his way inside and raping the 53-year-old woman, according to a probable cause statement by Seattle Police detectives.

The woman identified Grant in a photo montage provided by Seattle Police. Grant is known to go by different names such as "Dan, Hunter, and Bob."

Grant arrived at the woman's house and called her number and at first asked to come in, but the woman told him to leave. He then forced open the door, breaking the chain lock, and grabbed the woman around the neck and covered her mouth so she could not scream, according to the detectives' report.

The woman said she could not breathe and thought she was going to die. Grant continued to say he just wanted a massage but the woman again told him to leave.

Grant then forced the victim to the back bedroom/massage room and ordered the woman to take off her clothes; she begged Grant to stop, but he raped her, the report said.

A Mandarin Chinese interpreter recommended by the King County Prosecutor's Office assisted detectives since the victim speaks Mandarin.

Grant has practiced law in the Seattle area for quite a while. He received his master of laws degree from the University of Washington in 1996 and focused on employment litigation in the Seattle City Attorney's Office from 1996 to 2000, according to his LinkedIn profile. Grant became one of the named shareholders of Bailey Grant Onsager earlier this year, according to the law firm's website.

Grant's focus is on employment and business litigation, including discrimination, business torts, noncompete agreements, and business ownership disputes.

SoCal Native September 27, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I think the Patch is going too far in their reporting of details of crimes. Your reports read like some lurid crime novel, gossip column or cheap tabloid. It is becoming more and more difficult to read, and I am considering canceling my subscription to your enewsletter. Please stick to basic facts (who, what, when, where and why) and spare us the gorey details. For example, it is NOT necessary to tell exactly the way someone was raped; it is distasteful, and completely insensitive in that it disregards the victim's right to privacy. The Patch needs to improve its journalistic quality or risk losing readership. Thank you.
Tony Dondero September 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM
First, I'm sorry if the details offended you. While these reports are a matter of public record, I agree with you that it is our responsibility to find the correct balance between telling detail and salacious content. The reason we reported what we did -- and left out much more that's in the report -- is that certain details show the nature and extent of a crime, be it a violent attack (like this one) or a criminal traffic accident or fraud. It's in the details that allows a community to see exactly what's going on -- at least from law enforcement's point of view. Conversely, holding out other details allows a member of a community to retain a private life ever after a public crime. Finding that balance is both important and tough. I do believe we were sensitive in this instance. We do think about and discuss these things a lot.
Tu-Ha Nguyen September 28, 2012 at 08:23 AM
Dear SoCal Native: Respectfully, I disagree with you. I do not believe that Editors Buhain (Bellevue Patch) or Dondero (Shoreline-LFP Patch) have anything to apologize for. My father was an Air Force Pilot for many years before he was an Editor of a bilingual newspaper. As a child, I remember proof-reading and editing his work and that of his colleagues. My father was very accurate in his reporting and abided with the highest level of ethics - reporting the news the best that he could in two different languages. Accomplishing the goals of communicating crimes to the public to make them aware/be more safe and at the same time trying not to create widespread panic in such cases as these. I read the articles written by Buhain and Dondero. Both editors did give the basic facts. I have read many more stories when I lived in Los Angeles that were much more extreme and as you put it more "gorey." On a different note, I want to give a BRAVO to all Patch editors in Western WA. I have seen many non-Patch publications that use the FOR REAL name of individuals in police blotters. Patch hasn't done that. Further, they keep to a standard that gives only a general block area of the crime and use words like "woman" / "victim" / "suspect." In this extremely horrific series of rape, I believe the information given will only bring out more victims. Ultimately and hopefully, this will bring about JUSTICE for the victims and their families.
Tu-Ha Nguyen September 28, 2012 at 08:45 AM
Another message to SoCal Native: Were you born and raised in SoCal? Do you remember the Rampart Scandal in the 90's? If you read the articles about Rampart, you may agree with me that those stories were VERY gory. Moving to a different arena. Have you ever thought about teen pregnancy and AIDS cases in different areas of the U.S.? Ever wondered why various places in America have higher rates of pregnant teens and AIDS patients? In many instances, these two aforementioned subjects become more worse because people do not talk about the issues. There are few who wish to write about the gory truths. The more things that are kept "in the dark," the less chances that a solution will be found. The last time I checked, Patch was a FREE service to all readers. I have not known any private citizen to pay to read Patch. While there are always things to improve upon in each industry, perhaps, the general public should think before being critical of work done by hard working people who may be the very best in their field. It is easy to criticize them because their work is out there to be scrutinized. People are vulnerable when they write or speak on public TV (broadcast journalists). I respectfully request all who may be quick to judge to please enter the field of journalism and then tell me what it is like to do the work. It is not easy. Journalists don't get paid very much. There are many stories each day that are untold. Thank you Patch for telling those stories.


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