WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- US Surgeon Grant William Robicheaux and girlfriend Cerissa Laura Riley have been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting two women in 2016.
- The California couple denied the allegations but prosecutors have found incriminating videos from their phones, suggesting ‘hundreds’ more possible victims.
- Robicheaux and Riley are due to be formally charged in court on October 24 and are facing 40 years and 30 years in prison respectively if convicted.
Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, have been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting two women whom they met at a bar and a restaurant at Newport Beach in 2016.
The couple has denied the allegations, but officials have found “thousands and thousands” of videos and images on their mobile phones which suggest “hundreds” more possible victims.
The clips showed women who “appear to be highly intoxicated beyond the ability to consent or resist, and they’re barely responsive to the defendants’ sexual advances”.
The California couple’s lawyers, Philip Cohen and Scott Borthwick, issued a joint statement saying that the couple has been aware of the allegations, which they “will formally deny … at their first opportunity in court.”
They added that their clients “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.”
Orange County’s District Attorney Tony Rackauckas stated on Tuesday that the couple worked in tandem to identify victims: “We believe the defendants used their good looks and charm to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey.”
Dr. Robicheaux is a well-known orthopedic surgeon who once appeared on the reality show Online Dating Rituals of the American Male and was named “Bachelor of the Year” by Orange Coast magazine in 2013.
The couple has been arrested earlier this month but were released on bail.
Robicheaux and Riley were also charged with possession of a large quantity of drugs, including GHB (which is considered a date-rape drug), cocaine, ecstasy, and psychedelic mushrooms. Police found the illegal substances during a search of the surgeon’s home in January 2018.
A press release announced that Robicheaux has been further charged with possession of two unregistered semi-automatic rifles, four other firearms, and magazines capable of carrying large amounts of ammunition.
Police surmised that the couple may have met victims at music festivals, and are appealing for anyone to come forward if they suspect they may have been attacked by the pair.
According to prosecutors, Robicheaux and Riley are due to be formally charged in court on 24 October. If convicted, they could spend 40 years and 30 years in prison respectively.