Surgeon who appeared on Bravo dating show and his girlfriend allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted 'hundreds' of women
Orthopedic surgeon Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Laura Riley allegedly used various drugs and alcohol to incapacitate their victims before sexually assaulting them
A US surgeon, who has made an appearance on a reality TV dating show, and his girlfriend have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women. However, investigators say that there could be "hundreds" of victims still unaccounted for.
38-year-old orthopedic surgeon Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, had allegedly attacked two women whom they had met at a restaurant in 2016. The prosecutors have said that "thousands and thousands" of videos of many more potential victims had been found on the defendants' phones.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has said that the footage showed the women looking like they were "highly intoxicated beyond the ability to consent or resist, and they're barely responsive to the defendant's sexual advances".
He then added: "Based on this evidence, we believe that there might be many unidentified victims out there. We believe the defendants used their good looks and charm to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey."
Robicheaux has appeared on the Bravo reality TV show called 'Online Dating Rituals of the American Male', reported The Sun.
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The authorities have said that the couple has been seen attending pricey music and art festivals such as Burning Man in Nevada, Dirtybird Campout festival in Silverado and Splash House Festival in Palm Springs, California. Investigators on the case have said that the two worked "in tandem" to meet vulnerable women at various bars before drugging them or urging them to drink large quantities of alcohol before taking them back to Robicheaux's apartment to be sexually assaulted.
The two women who had allegedly been assaulted by the couple had met them during social encounters previously. Rackauckas said: "Women who have encountered these two might have felt a false sense of security due to the fact that both defendants are clean-cut, good-looking. We tend to trust doctors who take an oath to do no harm. The second defendant, being a female, is key. The woman purporting to be his girlfriend clearly played a significant role in disarming the victims, making them feel comfortable and safe."
The first woman out of the two, a 32-year-old, told the authorities that she had met the couple at a restaurant on April 10, 2016, and had been invited to a boat party after. She said that she had then been taken to Robicheaux's apartment in Newport Beach when she had become intoxicated. The two of them proceeded to give her an array of drugs and then sexually assaulted her when she had been too drugged to resist. The prosecutor said that the woman had contacted the Newport Beach PD the next day and tested positive for a number of drugs. Both Robicheaux and Riley have been accused of rape by the use of drugs in that case.
The couple went out drinking at the Newport Beach bar on October 2, 2016, and allegedly drank with another woman there until she was unconscious after becoming too intoxicated. They took her back to Robicheaux's apartment and started sexually assaulting her. The woman later told the authorities that she woke up and started screaming for help until one of Robicheaux's neighbors called the police. They immediately began an investigation into the pair. Both of the defendants in this particular case have been accused of sexual assault with intent to commit rape.
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. People often assume 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 and backgrounds."
Other charges that have been leveled against the couple allege that large amounts of illegal drugs had been found at Robicheaux's home in January this year. He has also been accused of possessing two illegal and unregistered assault rifles, four other firearms and magazines that are capable of carrying a large amount of ammunition. The DA said that the medical board in the state opened an investigation into the doctor but have found no evidence so far that any of his former patients were victims.
The two of them were released on bail for $100,000. If they are convicted, Robicheaux and Riley could end up spending 40 years and 30 years respectively behind bars. The two of them are scheduled to be formally charged in a court hearing on October 24.
The defense attorneys in the case have issued a statement on behalf of their clients saying: "All allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley. 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. 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. 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."