More Rape Charges Against Reality Show Doctor, Girlfriend

California surgeon and his partner are accused in crimes against 7 victims now
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 17, 2018 5:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – A California surgeon and his girlfriend were charged Wednesday with crimes against five additional victims in addition to two women they were previously charged with drugging and sexually assaulting. Dr. Grant Robicheaux, 38, and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, 31, were charged with rape by use of drugs, kidnapping with the intent to commit a sexual offense and other crimes. The pair pleaded not guilty to all counts in court and a judge ordered their bail raised to $1 million each. Authorities said Robicheaux, who once appeared in a reality TV show called Online Dating Rituals of the American Male and was named Orange County's most eligible bachelor in 2013, and Riley met women at social events and once the women were intoxicated, brought them back to Robicheaux's Newport Beach home and sexually assaulted them. The charges span from 2009 to 2018 and also include possession for sale of cocaine, ecstasy, and the drug GHB.

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The couple was initially charged last month in the assault of two women. Prosecutors held a press conference, and then said they received new information that led to the additional charges. In the latest set of charges, the couple is charged in crimes against three of the women while just Robicheaux is charged in crimes against the other two; the Los Angeles Times reports that "many" of the new charges are related to incidents before the surgeon began dating Riley. Authorities say the two staged their first attack together in 2015. Authorities believe there could be additional victims in Los Angeles or San Diego counties as well as Nevada, Colorado, and Louisiana. Robicheaux could face more than 82 years behind bars if convicted; Riley faces up to 63 years. Until now, they have been free on $100,000 bail each; Robicheaux's attorney expected them to post the increased bail Wednesday. (Authorities have said there could be hundreds of victims.)

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