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    Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31 Accused of Rape

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45567103


    A California surgeon and his girlfriend have been charged with two sexual assaults, and investigators suspect there could be "hundreds" more victims.

    Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, allegedly attacked two women they met at a bar and a restaurant in 2016.

    Prosecutors told the BBC "thousands and thousands" of videos of potential victims were on the defendants' phones.

    Investigators are trying to identify the women in the clips.

    At a news conference on Tuesday, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said the pair were suspected of using their "clean-cut" looks to lure targets into a false sense of security.

    "We believe the defendants used their good looks and charms to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey," he said, reports KTLA-TV.
    He added: "There are several videos where the women in the videos appear to be highly intoxicated beyond the ability to consent or resist and they are barely responsive to the defendants' sexual advances.

    "Based on this evidence we believe there might be many unidentified victims out there."

    Mr Robicheaux is an orthopaedic surgeon from Newport Beach, 45 miles (72km) south of Los Angeles.

    He once appeared on the Bravo cable network's reality TV show Online Dating Rituals of the American Male.

    Once intoxicated, the 32-year-old was allegedly taken back to Mr Robicheaux's apartment and raped.

    She contacted Newport Beach police the following day and tested positive for a number of unspecified drugs, the prosecutor said.

    Both defendants are accused of rape by use of drugs in that case.

    On 2 October 2016, another woman woke up in Dr Robicheaux's apartment after a night of drinking, and screamed for help until his neighbours called police.

    That woman told police she had been drinking at a bar in Newport Beach with the couple until she lost consciousness.

    Both defendants are accused of sexual assault with intent to commit rape in that case.


    Investigators say they have recovered video of one of the two women being assaulted.

    Mr Robicheaux and Ms Riley are accused of possessing a large quantity of drugs, including GHB (considered a date-rape drug), psychedelic mushrooms, ecstasy and cocaine.

    Police said the illegal substances were found during a search of the surgeon's home in January 2018.

    Mr Robicheaux is further accused of possessing two unregistered semi-automatic rifles, four other firearms and magazines capable of carrying large amounts of ammunition, according to a press release.

    Newport Beach police passed the case for review to the Orange County district attorney on 6 September, and the couple were arrested at the man's home last Wednesday.

    The district attorney said the state's medical board has opened an investigation into Dr Robicheaux, but there is no evidence so far that any of his patients could be victims.

    Officials say the couple have attended music and art festivals such as Burning Man in Nevada and the Splash House Festival in Palm Springs, California.

    Both of the accused have been freed on $100,000 (?76,000) bonds before their trials next month.

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

    "Well, a wolf can wear scrubs or doctor's clothing. Or a wolf can be a beautiful woman."

    If convicted, Mr Robicheaux and Ms Riley could spend 40 years and 30 years in prison respectively.

    Mr Rackauckas added: "People often assume that rapists are creepy, scary men who lunge out from hiding amongst bushes and attack unsuspecting women.

    "The reality is that rapists come in all socioeconomic groups, of any background."

    The pair are due in court on 24 October.


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    https://ktla.com/2018/09/18/newport-...ng-women-ocda/

    A Newport Beach orthopedic surgeon who appeared on a reality TV show and his friend have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting at least two women. Authorities are reviewing videos and photos found on the surgeon's phone that may involve additional victims, Orange County District Attorney’s Office officials announced Tuesday.

    Cerissa Laura Riley (left) and Grant William Robicheaux (right) are shown in photos released by the Orange County District Attorney's Office on Sept. 18, 2018.
    Cerissa Laura Riley (left) and Grant William Robicheaux (right) are shown in photos released by the Orange County District Attorney's Office on Sept. 18, 2018.

    Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, were each charged earlier this month with 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.

    Robicheaux, who appeared on the Bravo reality TV show “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male,” was also charged with possession of an assault weapon, and faces a special enhancement of being armed with a firearm during a health and safety code violation.

    Riley faces the special enhancement of being knowingly vicariously armed with a firearm, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

    The defendants allegedly met one of their victims, a 32-year-old woman, at a restaurant in Newport Beach in April 2016. They invited the victim to a boat party in the city on April 10, 2016, and allegedly took her to Robicheaux’s apartment once she was intoxicated. They allegedly gave the victim more drugs, orally copulated and raped her.

    The victim contacted Newport Beach police and tested positive for multiple controlled substances.

    On Oct. 2, 2016, the defendants met the second victim at a bar in Newport Beach and drank with her until she was unconscious.

    They allegedly took her to Robicheaux’s apartment and sexually assaulted her with intention of raping her, officials said. The victim woke up and screamed for help until a neighbor called police, who responded and investigated.

    Neither of the victims were patients of Robicheaux, but authorities are investigating whether or not he assaulted patients. In addition, the Newport Beach Police Department has notified the California Medical Board of Robicheaux's arrest.

    Grant William Robicheaux is shown in footage from the Bravo reality TV show he appeared on.
    Grant William Robicheaux is shown in footage from the Bravo reality TV show he appeared on.

    O.C. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said investigators believe the defendants acted together to make their victims comfortable and offered a false sense of security.

    "We believe the defendants used their good looks and charms to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey,” Rackauckas said during a news conference Tuesday. "We've all heard of a wolf in sheep's clothing. Well, a wolf can wear scrubs or doctor’s clothing. Or a wolf can be a beautiful woman.”

    During searches tied to the investigation, authorities found "hundreds" of videos and images on Robicheaux's phone of other women who may be victims of the pair, Rackauckas said. The women in the videos appear to be "highly intoxicated beyond the ability to consent or resist, and they're barely responsive to the defendant's sexual advances."

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

    On Jan. 9, 2018 the defendants were found in possession of large quaintness of illegal drugs and Robicheaux was found with two illegal and unregistered assault rifles, four other guns and several large capacity magazines.

    Robicheaux and Riley have traveled to various festivals since 2015, including Burning Man, Dirty Bird Campout Festival and Splash House Festival, authorities said.

    The defendants were arrested on Sept. 12. They are out on $100,000 bail and are both scheduled to appear in court for arraignment on Oct. 24.

    Robicheaux faces 40 years in prison if convicted as charged, while Riley faces 30 years and eight months, officials said.

    Authorities encourage possible victims to come forward and call investigator Eric Wiseman at 714-347-8794.

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    "Thousands and thousands of videos" what sick fucks

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    Apparently the Hundred of Victims is under investigation here.

    Los Angeles (AFP) - An orthopedic surgeon in California who once appeared on a dating reality show and his girlfriend have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, in a case prosecutors suspect might involve hundreds of other victims.

    Authorities told AFP on Tuesday they had received dozens of leads in the probe, just hours after a press conference held to try to encourage other women to come forward.

    "I am being told by investigators that their phones have been very active this afternoon," said Michelle Van Der Linden, a spokeswoman for Orange County prosecutors.

    "People are calling with additional information and we will be busy tracking down all the additional leads."

    The surgeon, 38-year-old Grant William Robicheaux, and his 31-year-old girlfriend, Cerissa Laura Riley, were charged on September 11 with rape as well as drug and weapons-related offenses in connection with two alleged assaults.

    But investigators found hundreds of videos on Robicheaux's phone after he was arrested, showing women "in various states of undress, consciousness and being assaulted," Van Der Linden said.

    "We're still going through those videos."

    Robicheaux -- who once appeared on the Bravo television show "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male" -- and Riley are due to be arraigned on October 25.

    - 'Wolf in sheep's clothing' -

    Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told reporters that Robicheaux and Riley are believed to have worked in tandem at restaurants and bars to identify their victims and make them feel comfortable.

    "We believe the defendants used their good looks and charm to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey," Rackauckas said.

    "We've all heard of a wolf in sheep's clothing. Well, a wolf can wear scrubs or doctor's clothing. Or a wolf can be a beautiful woman."

    The pair apparently used ecstasy, date rape drugs and cocaine to incapacitate their victims before assaulting them at Robicheaux's home in Newport Beach, he said.

    Authorities say Robicheaux and Riley traveled to various festivals since 2015, including Burning Man in Nevada, as well as landmarks in Arizona, where they may have preyed on other women.

    Attorneys for Robicheaux and Riley issued a joint statement on Tuesday, denying the charges.

    "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.

    "Dr Robicheaux and Ms Riley believe that such allegations do a disservice to, and dangerously undermine, the true victims of sexual assault, and they are eager to have the proper spotlight shed on this case in a public trial," they added.

    "It must be noted that none of the allegations in this matter relate to or concern Dr Robicheaux's medical practice or patients in any way."

    If convicted, Robicheaux faces up to 40 years in prison. Riley could face 30 years behind bars.

    Rackauckas said potential victims of the pair should not be ashamed to come forward.

    "Your conscious decisions to party with these defendants... does not give them a pass to rape, assault or have sex with you once you're past the point of consent," he said.

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...id=mailsignout

    Authorities continue to seek potential victims after additional charges were filed this week against a prominent Newport Beach doctor, who now is accused of attacking at least seven women.

    Dr. Grant Robicheaux, 38, once dubbed Orange County's most eligible bachelor, and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, 31, are accused of rape by drugs, kidnapping, oral copulation by anesthesia, assault with intent to commit sexual offenses and other crimes.

    Susan Kang Schroeder, the chief of staff for the Orange County district attorney, said that prosecutors expect more victims will come forward now that additional charges have been filed against the doctor and that still more charges could be filed against him and his girlfriend.

    The pair pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the additional charges.

    "We unequivocally deny all allegations of nonconsensual sex and absolutely deny any allegations that we have ever secretly drugged anyone for the purpose of having sex with them," Robicheaux and Riley said in a statement through their attorneys.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...lting-n1130056

    Charges are being dropped against a California surgeon and his girlfriend after the Orange County district attorney announced Tuesday that prosecutors found no evidence the pair drugged and sexually assaulted women, despite his predecessor's assertions.

    Dr. Grant Robicheux was charged in 2018 with assaulting a total of seven women, with his girlfriend Cerissa Riley charged as an accomplice in at least five of the cases. Both Robicheaux and Riley pleaded not guilty in 2018 and denied the accusations of nonconsensual sex.

    Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said his team found no evidence of any assaults by the couple, despite the county's former prosecutor insisting a year and a half ago that he seized "thousands of videos" and there could be "more than a thousand" victims.

    "There is not a single piece of evidence or video or photo that shows an unconscious or incapacitated woman being sexually assaulted," Spitzer said Tuesday. "Not one."

    Two prosecutors from Spitzer's office conducted a 3-month-long review of the case and all its evidence before determining that the county would not be able to meet the burden of proof to convict Robicheaux and Riley.

    Representatives for both Robicheaux and Riley did not immediately respond to an NBC News request for comment.

    Spitzer said that he would file a motion to dismiss the charges in the coming days. He also said he would meet with the alleged victims to explain to them the case did not sustain the burden of proof.

    "If you lose your prosecutors, society loses faith in the entire criminal justice system," Spitzer said. "And I will not let that happen in Orange County.”

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    https://www.latimes.com/california/s...a-vs-former-da

    As soon as it hit the news in 2018, the sensational serial-rape case against Newport Beach hand surgeon Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, became tangled in a bitter political feud between Orange County’s top prosecutor and the man who would succeed him.

    Looming over the apparent wreckage of the case, 16 months later, is the question of what role the political spat between longtime antagonists ultimately played. It was a question that Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory Jones wrestled with Friday, openly expressing skepticism that what prosecutors are now seeking — the dismissal of rape charges — equaled justice.

    “Politics have infected this case,” Jones said. “Mixing politics with prosecution gives you a toxic cocktail.”

    In a rare, stunning move, Jones declined to do what judges almost always do, which is to automatically approve prosecutors’ decision to drop a case when they say they can’t prove it.

    Instead, after grilling prosecutors for hours and listening to wrenching statements from two of the accusers Friday morning, Jones said he wanted more information about the facts before deciding what to do.

    Orange County Dist. Atty. Todd Spitzer wants to drop all charges against Robicheaux, a doctor and former reality-TV personality who was charged with sexually assaulting seven women, and against Riley, a former schoolteacher who was charged with five.

    The judge’s refusal to scuttle the charges seemed a bitter surprise for the defendants, who began the day with an appearance on “Good Morning America,” where Riley said, “I feel like I finally woke up from a bad nightmare and feel like I can breathe again.”

    By morning’s end, Riley was slumped weeping against Robicheaux’s shoulder in court, and the defense had withdrawn an offer to make the couple available for further interviews.


    “It’s a terrible thing when the elected district attorney has so politicized a case that the judge doesn’t accept at face value that you’re seeking justice,” said Brian Gurwitz, a former prosecutor and longtime defense attorney who is unaffiliated with the case. “I don’t recall this ever happening in the 25 years that I’ve been practicing law in Orange County.”

    Spitzer and two of his staff prosecutors spent the morning insisting to the judge that the case against Robicheaux and Riley was not provable. “We scoured the evidence in this case,” said prosecutor Richard Zimmer. “We went through every single victim’s statement.”

    The judge asked Zimmer to detail what drugs had been seized from Robicheaux’s home when it was searched, a list that included cocaine, ecstasy and GHB, a tranquilizer sometimes referred to as a “date rape” drug.

    “Did you take into consideration the corroborating value of the drugs?” the judge asked.

    Yes, Zimmer replied — but it wasn’t enough to prove the case. His office could not prove that the defendants believed their accusers incapable of sexual consent, he said.

    Michael Fell, an Irvine attorney who represents an accuser known as Jane Doe #4, said that his client was devastated by Spitzer’s decision to drop charges and maintained that she was drugged and attacked in October 2016.
    Jane Doe #1 said she decided to approach prosecutors after she saw that Robicheaux had been charged in September 2018, but felt guilty because, she said, “I didn’t stop him when I could.”

    She said the defense team had unleashed a “campaign of harassment” against her, calling her office, sending a process server to her parents’ home, and making one of her best friends testify about her sexual habits in a civil case. She said the defense team’s behavior ultimately forced her to tell her father, who was in his late 60s, that she had been raped.
    Jane Doe #1 then took aim at Spitzer, saying he had never met with her and that his office had given her scant notice — “less than 10 minutes” — before the news conference at which he "apologized to the man that raped me".

    Zimmer, one of the Prosecutors, responded to Jane Doe #1's statement by telling the judge: "It's not that we don't believe her."

    The judge shot back: "But a jury might believe her."

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