Lawyer in massage-parlor rape case sees charges concerning 3 women dropped as trial looms
Posted May 5, 2014 3:10 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
For over a year, a former partner in a Seattle law firm has been in the headlines as the accused defendant in a serial rape case involving massage-parlor visits.
Now, as Danford Grant's trial looms, King County prosecutors on Monday dropped four of the charges against him as jury selection was getting underway, the Associated Press reports. That reduces the number of claimed victims in the case from five women to two.
In an email, the government said it had dropped the four charges "as a result of additional investigation and case preparation."
Grant, who has no prior arrest record, is still charged with five counts including rape, attempted rape and burglary, the news agency notes.
He has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers plan to argue that sex with the claimed victims was consensual, KIRO reports.
ABAJournal.com: "As trial of lawyer looms in massage-parlor rape case, judge allows state to add two new charges"
KIRO: "Lawyer charged with rape: The woman lied"
Seattle Weekly: "Seattleland: Respected Lawyer and Dad Danford Grant on Trial as Dirty Dan, the Serial Rapist "