Criminal Procedure

Police Seize Electronic Tracking Equipment from Seattle Lawyer Accused of Multiple Rapes


Corrected: Police have confiscated electronic equipment, including a video camera and a GPS device, as they continue the investigation of Seattle-based attorney Danford Grant, who is accused of raping several Seattle-area massage therapists.

The items were disclosed in a search-warrant affidavit filed this week, the Seattle Times reports. King County superior Judge Mary Yu gave permission for police to forensically search Grant’s iPhone and GPS system to determine whether they were used to track Grant’s alleged victims. Yu also recently received a letter from a former paralegal at Grant’s law firm in which she told her how she and her other other female co-workers referred to Grant as “Dirty Dan,” a nickname she says she and other co-workers gave Grant because of sexual advances he made toward her and inappropriate comments he made about women, according to the Times.

In a separate update, Grant’s wife filed for legal separation last week, KIROTV reported. Jennifer Grant, a supervising assistant city prosecutor for Seattle, was reassigned to work outside the courtroom after news broke that she moved her husband’s SUV after his arrest and parked it more than a mile from the couple’s home. KIROTV notes that the separation means that any debts that Danford Grant acquires after the date of the separation—such as legal bills—will be his own, and any debts and assets Jennifer Grant acquires will be her own.

Grant was been released from police custody after posting $1 million and is on electronic-home detention while awaiting trial.

Prior Coverage:

ABA Journal: Police Probe if Lawyer Used Westlaw to Research His Alleged Rape Victims

ABA Journal: Bail for Seattle Lawyer Charged with Raping Massage Therapists Lowered to $1M

Updated on Dec. 4 to fix a misspelling in the headline.

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