Southern California surgeon and accomplice charged with drugging, raping women

Grant Robicheaux. Pic Orange Country District Attorney

"Robicheaux is also accused of possessing two illegal, unregistered assault rifles, four other firearms, and several large capacity magazines", the release stated, adding that "Robicheaux and Riley are accused of possessing large quantities of illegal drugs which were recovered in Robicheaux's residence".

"I have not seen a case in my career that involved this many videos and sexual acts and possible crimes", said District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. Some of those women, he pointed out, could be victims too.

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

The district attorney says Riley and Robicheaux met a 32-year-old woman at a restaurant in Newport Beach in April 2016, and on another occasion invited her to a party, took her back to his apartment once she was intoxicated, gave her drugs and raped her.

Rackauckas said his office can not make those images public, but everything suggests those women were also victims of assault.

Months later, the two defendants victimized another woman after meeting her at a Newport Beach bar and taking her to the apartment after she passed out from intoxication.

But investigators believe there may be a host of other victims. "Based on this evidence, we believe that there might be many unidentified victims out there", he said.

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

As well as working as a doctor for almost two decades, Robicheaux featured in a now-cancelled TV show called "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male" on an episode called "Three's A Crowd".

Mr Robicheaux is an orthopaedic surgeon from Newport Beach, 45 miles (72km) south of Los Angeles. He is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who says he repairs sponsored athletes.

He specializes in "traumatic and sports-related injuries" as well as arthritis and aging issues, according to the medical group.

Robicheaux went to Louisiana State University for his undergraduate degree and his medical training, graduating in 2007.

Cerissa Laura Riley was charged with Robicheaux
Image Cerissa Laura Riley was charged along with Robicheaux. Pic Orange Country District Attorney

A press release states Riley was also knowingly vicariously in possession of a firearm.

Newport Beach police submitted their investigation to prosecutors September 6, and the two were arrested on charges September 12, Rackauckas said.

Though neither victim was a patient of Robicheaux, investigators say they found evidence including video footage that could suggest there were hundreds of other victims.

U.S. media outlets reported that prosecutors suspected there could be hundreds - if not thousands - of other victims.

Authorities said the couple traveled to festivals such as Burning Man in Black Rock Desert in Nevada, Dirtybird Campout festival in central California and the Splash House festival in Palm Springs, California.

Riley is an aspiring teacher who worked occasionally as a substitute teacher in Fullerton, Senior Deputy District Attorney Michael Carroll 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", Mr Rackauckas said.

"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.

The woman claims a neighbor contacted law enforcement who investigated the matter.

The Bravo reality show aired for one season, is no longer in production and there are no plans to bring it back, a spokeswoman for NBC Universal said in an email. "We don't want this to happen to any more women". 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.

The drugs they are accused of using include Ecstasy, date rape drugs and cocaine, Rackauckas said.

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