Seattle lawyer sentenced to 25 years in prison for rapes
SEATTLE — A Seattle attorney who pleaded guilty to five counts of third-degree rape and burglary was sentenced Monday in King County Superior Court to 25 years in prison.
Danford Grant, 49, largely targeted immigrants in a string of massage parlor rapes. He pleaded guilty to the charges last week.
Grant was arrested on Sept. 24, 2012, in connection with the rape of a Seattle massage parlor therapist. Police took Grant into custody after employees from a massage parlor in the Crown Hill neighborhood tried to detain the man. Police said Grant was a repeat customer at the Carnation Massage Clinic at 602 NW 85th Street.
Prosecutors said Grant often held the massage therapists at knifepoint while forcibly raping women who were often vulnerable because of their immigration status and language barriers.
At least four of his victims gave a statement to the court regarding Grant.
“I don’t have a shoulder to lean on — no family in America,” one victim said. “I cry at night.”
At least one victim speculated that Grant chose immigrants because of their differing culture.
“In Chinese culture, rape brings shame and embarrassment,” one victim said through a letter read in court. “Maybe that’s why Grant chose his victims.”
Another victim said she still works massage, but doesn’t trust any of her male customers.
“I now suspect every male customer,” she said. “The ones who are well-mannered and friendly remind me of Danford Grant.”
Grant spoke at the sentencing, saying the irony of him being a lawyer yet committing horrible crimes was not lost on him, at times breaking down when he spoke of his three children.
“I’m here to accept consequences of harming others,” Grant said.
The King County Superior Judge called Grant a “bad man.”
“Your victims may not speak English, but they all called you a bad man,” the judge said.