Surgeon who appeared on dating show charged with drugging, raping women

Lawrence Kim
September 19, 2018

A California doctor who appeared in a reality TV dating show and an alleged female accomplice have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities said Tuesday there could be many more victims.

Authorities are reviewing videos and photos found on the surgeon's phone, indicating there may be many other possible victims out there, Orange County District Attorney's Office officials announced Tuesday.

Robicheaux is also facing charges relating to possession of an assault weapon and a sentencing enhancement related to that weapon possession, while Riley faces a sentencing enhancement for being knowingly vicariously armed with a firearm.

Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, are charged with sexually assaulting two women by using drugs, ABC7 reported. Robicheaux is also accused of firearms violations.

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". They're accused of inviting her to a party and taking her back to the surgeon's apartment once she was drunk. They allegedly gave the victim more drugs, orally copulated and raped her. The alleged victim went to Newport Beach police the next day and a forensic exam confirmed multiple controlled substances in her system. The other victim said she became intoxicated and passed out at a bar on October 2, 2016, and was taken to Robicheaux's apartment, where she was assaulted, the district attorney said. The woman woke up in Robicheaux's apartment, screaming so loud that neighbors called the police.

Neither of the victims were patients of Robicheaux, but authorities are investigating whether or not he assaulted patients. The Times asked a Newport Beach police spokesperson why it took so long for the arrests to be made, and was told the "evidence initially did not meet the standard to make an arrest".

It was a lifestyle he pushed not only in his medical work but on realty TV, where he appeared on a Bravo dating show wearing his hospital scrubs and a wide smile.

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

"We believe the defendants used their good looks and charms to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey", said Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

"We've all heard of a wolf dressed up in sheep's clothing. Or a wolf can be a handsome woman".

The accounts appear to be corroborated by pictures and videos found on the couple's phones that suggest they could have taken advantage of up to 1,000 women.

Rackauckas said investigators are now reviewing the hundreds of videos found on Robicheaux's cellphone and trying to identify the women in them, who may be additional victims.

"Based on this evidence we believe there might be many unidentified victims out there".

Investigators are trying to find out whether any of Robicheaux's patients were victims and are concerned people they met at Burning Man and Splash House Festival may have fallen victim.

If convicted, Robicheaux faces 40 years in prison while Riley faces 30 years and eight months, officials added.

Those with information are urged to call Supervising Investigator Eric Wiseman at 714-347-8794, the district attorney's office said.

The two alleged victims first came forward to police in 2016.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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