A California physician who appeared in a reality TV dating show, and an alleged female accomplice, have been charged with drugging and raping two women, and authorities say there could be many more victims.
Orange County prosecutors say that Robichaux and his girlfriend, 31-year-old Cerissa Riley, used charm and good looks to disarm women, get them intoxicated, and then rape them at Robichaux's apartment. Robicheaux appeared in an episode of the Bravo reality series Online Dating Rituals of the American Male, reports People.
A second woman allegedly drank with them at a bar in Newport Beach on October 2, 2016 before they took her to Robicheaux's apartment and "sexually [assaulted] her with intent to commit rape".
The pair have been charged with several felonies, including rape by use of drugs, assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, and possession of a controlled substance for sale.
Robicheaux and Riley were arrested last week and were released Monday on $100,000 bail each, authorities said.
The first victim went to the police the day after the incident and tested positive for multiple drugs.
Investigators say they have recovered video of one of the two women being assaulted. Shockingly, police believe Grant and Cerissa sought out their alleged victims in bars and allegedly plied them with alcohol, before taking them back to the surgeon's Newport Beach apartment where the OCDA claims the drugging and assaults took place.
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When she allegedly awoke in the apartment, he added, she screamed for help until a neighbor called police.
Newport Beach police turned over their investigation September 6 to prosecutors who filed charges on September 11.
At a news conference today, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas detailed a brace of charges against the pair, which include the sentencing enhancement of being armed with guns during their alleged crimes.
"Based on this evidence, we believe that there might be many unidentified victims out there", Rackauckas said.
Investigators were meticulously going through "thousands and thousands of videos and images on Robicheaux's phone, many also including Riley", Mr Rackauckas said.
"There are a substantial number of videos, I can not tell you if it is 10s or 100s, it is certainly more than 10s", the top prosecutor said in an interview. Rackauckas said investigators believe there are many more victims: They found hundreds of videos on Robicheaux's cellphone featuring women who appear "past the point of consent", he said.
The couple's attorneys, Philip Cohen and Scott Borthwick, denied the allegations in a joint statement provided to multiple news outlets.
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Authorities suspect there are additional victims in the case.
One claimed she was invited to a party after meeting them at a restaurant in April.
Meanwhile, Robicheaux's medical license is under review by the Medical Board of California. Some of the images come from festivals across the western United States including Burning Man and the Splash House in Palm Springs, Rackauckas said.
The 38-year-old Newport Beach resident - and one-time contestant on an axed dating show, "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male" - works as an orthopedic surgeon.
The district attorney's office said the couple was in possession of drugs including cocaine, MDMA and GHB, which is known as a date-rape drug.
"We have all heard of a wolf dressing up in sheep's clothing".
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