Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Newport Beach surgeon, woman accused of drugging, raping multiple women

Newport Beach surgeon, woman accused of drugging, raping multiple women

A California doctor who appeared in a reality TV dating show and an alleged female accomplice have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities said Tuesday there could be many more victims.

Robicheaux, 38, is an orthopedic surgeon in California's affluent Orange County and alongside Riley, 31, the medical expert is suspected of committing 'rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by anesthesia or a controlled substance, assault with intent to commit sexual offense and four counts of possession of a controlled substance for sale, ' reports KTLA.

The pair allegedly met one of their victims at a Newport Restaurant in April of 2016.

The pair allegedly gave the victim multiple drugs and then sexually assaulted her while she was incapable of resisting. The alleged victim went to Newport Beach police the next day and a forensic exam confirmed multiple controlled substances in her system.

Glamorous couple Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley have been hit with some ugly criminal charges, after being accused of plying women with drugs and allegedly sexually assaulting them. The district attorney's office said the victim awakened and screamed for help until a neighbour called police, who began an investigation.

"There are several videos where there women in the videos appear to be highly intoxicated beyond the ability to consent or resist and they're barely responsive to the defendants" sexual advances, ' Orange County District Attorney DA Tony Rackauckas, said during a press conference in Santa Ana.

The couple was arrested on September 12 after charges were filed on September 11, according to the district attorney's office. He said that numerous women in the videos appeared unable to consent to sexual contact.

He appeared on an episode of Bravo's "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male" in 2014.

"Based on this evidence, we believe that there might be many unidentified victims out there", Rackauckas said.


Prosecutors said that after studying at Louisiana State University, Mr Robicheaux did postgraduate work at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases and did an orthopaedic surgery residency at University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California, gaining his licence to practice medicine in California in May 2009.

Prosecutors told the BBC "thousands and thousands" of videos of potential victims were on the defendants' phones. The incident was recorded on video, Rackauckas said.

Police are asking others who have been assaulted by the pair to speak out.

The investigation into the couple didn't have a breakthrough until January 2018, when police had enough evidence to execute a search warrant on Robicheaux's apartment.

"We've all heard of a wolf in sheep's clothing", said the district attorney.

Officials say he and Riley spent a lot of time traveling to various festivals, including Burning Man, which is known for its heavy drug use by festivalgoers. "Or a wolf can be a attractive woman".

The two are free on $100,000 bond and are due to be arraigned October 24.

If found guilty, he could serve up to 40 years in prison. while Riley faces just over 30 years.

"They have been aware of these accusations for a number of months, and each of them will formally deny the truth of these allegations at their first opportunity in court", said Robicheaux's lawyer, Philip Cohen, and Riley's lawyer, Scott Borthwick.

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