Police probe new drug rape claims against United States doctor, girlfriend

Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley

FACEBOOK CLAIMS Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley are accused of raping hundreds of women

- A Southern California prosecutor said Friday his office has received leads to more than 12 possible additional victims in the investigation of a surgeon and a female companion already charged with drugging and raping two women.

Since news of the September 12 arrests broke, investigators have fielded more than 50 phone calls to a tip line that led to more than 12 "credible leads" to potential additional victims, Rackauckas said.

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

"Ladies, please be careful when you meet people on these apps", Rackauckas said. "You don't know what's behind that - what appears to be a flawless smile".

Robicheaux and Riley were arrested on charges that include rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by anesthesia or a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, according to court documents.

One of the two women who have successfully pressed charges against the couple described them as a "Bonnie and Clyde" duo, who worked together to incapacitate her before assaulting her, court documents say.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said at a news conference his office is widening its probe of Dr. Grant Robicheaux, a one-time subject of the Bravo cable network show "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male", and his co-defendant, Cerissa Riley, 31.

He faces 40 years in state prison.

"There are thousands and thousands of videos and images on Robicheaux's phone", Rackauckas said earlier this week.

In a joint statement, the lawyers added: "All allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied".

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Robicheaux and Riley, who lives in Brea, California, were each released on a $100,000 bond pending a hearing October 25.

"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".

He recalled his last, brief encounter on the street with Robicheaux was about the quality of the surf - an easy de facto conversation subject in a town like Newport Beach.

Women were at risk up until the arrest, Rackauckas said. Rackauckas said he believes there may be additional victims because of videotapes and photographs confiscated by police in a search of Robicheaux's home.

One victim who stepped forward is from Louisiana, and claims they were assaulted about 20 years ago.

The district attorney said the couple looked like "clean-cut, good-looking people", but colluded to seduce and assault women they met at bars and local festivals.

On the 2014 episode of the Bravo reality show, Robicheaux told viewers he was looking for "a wife to raise a family with", before taking a date to an upscale restaurant.

Attorneys for the pair say they are innocent.

Robicheaux is an orthopedic surgeon licensed by the Medical Board of California, which opened an investigation into Robicheaux after the allegations, according to the DA's office. Many of them appeared unable to consent to sexual contact, and many videos included Riley.

'So I think that also speaks to the seriousness of the allegations or lack thereof as far as the district attorney and law enforcement is concerned'.

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