By Joshua Rhett Miller. Criminal charges will be dropped against the reality TV show doctor and his girlfriend who were accused of raping and drugging seven women in California , prosecutors said. Robicheaux and Riley had both faced up to life in prison if convicted of the charges, including rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by use of anesthesia and assault with intent to commit a sexual offense. But Rackauckas later admitted in a sworn deposition in June that he used the case to attract publicity during his re-election campaign, leading Spitzer to order a complete review of the case, the district attorney said. The review of evidence — including thousands of photographs, hundreds of hours of audio recordings and emails from alleged victims — revealed that not a single video or photograph of an incapacitated woman being sexually assaulted by Robicheaux or Riley was found, Spitzer said. Investigators could also not identify a single independent witness who alleged that the pair sexually assaulted an unconscious woman.
Judge won’t dismiss rape charges against Newport Beach surgeon and girlfriend
AP — Prosecutors are dropping charges that a doctor who appeared on a reality TV show and his girlfriend raped and drugged women in California after finding key video evidence never actually existed, an official said Tuesday. At the time, authorities alleged that the pair plied their victims with drugs and sexually assaulted them when they were incapable of resisting.
But the high-profile case that grabbed international headlines has been mired in controversy and steeped in a contentious political battle between Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, who took office about a year ago, and his predecessor Tony Rackauckas. During his election campaign, Spitzer accused Rackauckas of improperly handling the case and using it to draw publicity.
On Tuesday, Spitzer said that after having attorneys in his office review extensive evidence including audio and video recordings, text messages and documents, he decided to ask the court to dismiss the case.
Prosecutors say Robicheaux, 38, and his current girlfriend, Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, used their good looks and charm to drug and rape at least.
Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer in early February made the surprise announcement that his office would seek a dismissal of the case, which had drawn international attention. Spitzer cited a lack of evidence and alleged mismanagement of the case by his predecessor.
Robicheaux and Riley have denied that any non-consensual sex occurred. During a Feb. The judge ordered the prosecutors, the defense attorneys and the attorneys for the alleged victims to file briefs under seal outlining for him the full evidence in the case. In a more recent hearing, prior to the coronavirus-related court closures, Jones had indicated that he planned to hear arguments for and against a dismissal of the charges during a court hearing and then at a later time release a written order outlining his decision.
Each is facing three counts of kidnapping with intent to commit a sexual offense, among other charges connected to seven alleged victims. Defense attorneys for the couple have disputed how much GHB was found at the residence. The hearing to discuss the evidence related to the request to dismiss the charges is now scheduled for June 5. By Sean Emery semery scng. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!
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California prosecutors seek to dismiss rape charges against surgeon William Robicheaux, girlfriend
Grant Robicheaux and Ceriss Riley appear outside of court on October The pair aren’t necessarily granted freedom. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas asked during a press conference in Santa Ana on September 18, , that other alleged victims come forward. Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, are charged with sexually assaulting two women by use of drugs.
The D. Booking mug of Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, who is charged with sexually assaulting two women by use of drugs with Grant William Robicheaux,
Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, had their lives “destroyed” by the allegations, their lawyer said. Then the case took a bizarre.
At the time, authorities alleged that the pair plied their victims with drugs and sexually assaulted them when they were incapable of resisting. But the high-profile case that grabbed international headlines has been mired in controversy and steeped in a contentious political battle between Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, who took office about a year ago, and his predecessor Tony Rackauckas. During his election campaign, Spitzer accused Rackauckas of improperly handling the case and using it to draw publicity.
On Tuesday, Spitzer said that after having attorneys in his office review extensive evidence including audio and video recordings, text messages and documents, he decided to ask the court to dismiss the case. The case dates back to police investigations in into two incidents that weren’t referred for prosecution. The following year, prosecutors were notified there was a DNA match for evidence taken from one of the alleged victims — but it wasn’t to the defendants, Spitzer said.
Authorities searched Robicheaux’s home in January and found drugs, guns and photos and videos. In September , Rackauckas held a news conference to announce the case and told reporters investigators were sifting through thousands of videos and images found on Robicheaux’s phone, some that showed women who were barely responsive. The comments drew widespread media attention. The next month, Rackauckas filed additional charges on behalf of five additional alleged victims who had come forward.
Defense lawyers challenged the existence of videos showing sexual assault.
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By Anita Bennett. Superior Court Judge Gregory Jones said he wants to review the case further. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer had held a news conference this week to announce that the charges against orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jones gave attorneys on both sides until March 19 to file written arguments and asked for written copies of statements submitted by two alleged victims.
Grant W. Robicheaux, who once appeared on the Bravo reality show Online Dating Rituals of the American Male, and Cerissa Riley were.
One of seven women a Newport Beach surgeon is charged with drugging and raping filed a civil lawsuit this week against the doctor and his girlfriend, alleging the couple assaulted her in The woman is seeking unspecified damages from Dr. Jones also prohibited Robicheaux from practicing medicine as a condition of his bail. That order was affirmed by the Medical Board of California, which restricted his license until after his trial. The plaintiff in the lawsuit says she was in her mids when she was introduced to the couple through a mutual acquaintance at a Halloween party in Robicheaux and Riley are accused of rape by drugs, kidnapping, oral copulation by anesthesia, assault with intent to commit sexual offenses and other crimes.
They face up to 82 years and 63 years in prison, respectively, if convicted. During a court appearance in Newport Beach on Wednesday, Robicheaux was newly charged with sexually assaulting five women, while Riley was accused of being involved with attacks on three women. The pair initially were charged with drugging and raping two women.
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In a twist fitting with the sensational case against Dr. Current D. Todd Spitzer sought the dismissal for insufficient evidence after a fresh review of the case, which he said was ginned up to — ultimately unsuccessfully — help his predecessor Rackauckas be reelected in
Grant Robicheaux, 39, and Cerissa Riley, 32, told ABC News’ Kayna Whitworth, in an exclusive interview airing Friday on Good Morning.
Grant Robicheaux. February 7, Prosecutors to drop rape charges for doctor from reality TV. Read More. February 5, Rape case to be dropped against doctor who was on reality TV. AP — Prosecutors are dropping charges that a doctor who appeared on a reality TV show and his girlfriend raped and drugged women in California after finding key video evidence never actually existed, an official said Tuesday.
October 24, Judge reverses order on media in alleged surgeon rape case. AP — A California judge on Tuesday reversed an order barring the media from reporting on search warrant documents in the case of a surgeon charged with sexual assault, a lawyer said.
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Robicheaux and Riley had been accused of using dating apps to target women and sexually assaulting them after they were unconscious or incapacitated. Each pleaded not guilty to 17 counts connected to multiple victims. Prosecutors, led at the time by Tony Rackauckas, initially said there were more than 1, videos to support the charges. Robicheaux, who appeared on the Bravo TV reality show Online Dating Rituals of the American Male , lost his medical license after the accusations became public.
Grant Robicheaux and girlfriend Cerissa Riley listen to his attorney, Philip Kent Cohen, during a press conference on a break from court in.
A judge denied Friday a request by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to drop charges against a Newport Beach surgeon and his girlfriend, who are accused of drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women. Superior Court Judge Gregory Jones said in February he needed more time to consider a request by prosecutors to drop charges against Dr. Grant Robicheaux, 39, and Cerissa Riley, Attorneys for the accusers want Jones to assign the case to the attorney general, who can take over the prosecution or hand it off to a special prosecutor.
Jones added that it was his “obligation to ensure integrity of all prosecutions,” but that no one has filed a motion to recuse the District Attorney, which is seeking dismissal of the case. If the District Attorney’s Office is recused, then the case would be assigned to the state Attorney General’s Office, which could keep the case or assign it to a special prosecutor. Defense attorney Philip Cohen demanded a preliminary hearing, but Jones noted that the defense has waived its right to a speedy preliminary hearing multiple times in the case, so the standard now is to schedule it in a “reasonable time” period, not within 60 days of charges being filed.
Prosecutors had filed a brief, saying they do not take the request “lightly,” and added, they “are acutely aware of the gravity of this request and the pain it may cause the alleged victims. In court Friday morning, the judge said he has concerns about the district attorney continuing to handle the case and that public confidence would be undermined if that office continues in the prosecution.
Prosecutors say the couple “engaged in a swinger lifestyle and openly pursued scores of women for consensual sexual encounters. It’s a sharp contrast from when prosecutors filed charges in the case as the two were characterized as sexual predators who used their good looks to lure unsuspecting women before drugging and raping the victims in the doctor’s Newport Beach home.
Prosecutors now allege that some of the victims have told investigators at times that they had consensual sex with the two. One alleged victim has a “history of manufacturing events and a documented instance of giving false information,” prosecutors said.
More charges filed against California surgeon, girlfriend accused of drugging and assaulting women
Prosecutors in California are dropping all charges against a surgeon and his girlfriend who were previously accused of drugging and raping a number of women, citing a lack of evidence. Grant W. Robicheaux, who once appeared on the Bravo reality show Online Dating Rituals of the American Male , and Cerissa Riley were charged in with kidnapping, rape by use of drugs, and other crimes.
At the time, prosecutors accused the couple of engaging in a predatory pattern: meeting women in restaurants and bars, spiking their drinks, taking them to Robicheaux’s apartment, and sexually assaulting them.
(AP) — Prosecutors are planning to drop rape and kidnapping charges against a California doctor who appeared in a reality TV dating show and his girlfriend.
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. In an unusual twist, Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer held a press conference and handed out copies of search warrant documents tied to the case. Spitzer, who is challenging longtime District Attorney Tony Rackauckas for his job in next month’s election, said the records show prosecutors should have acted sooner on the allegations after a January search of Robicheaux’s home.
Later in the day, the district attorney’s office complained to the judge that these records were sealed and the release could jeopardize the case. Judge Gregory Jones then ordered media outlets including The Associated Press, Orange County Register and others to return the copies and not to publish the contents. Authorities said Robicheaux, who once appeared in a reality TV show called “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male,” and Riley met women at social events in and once the women were intoxicated, brought them back to Robicheaux’s Newport Beach home and sexually assaulted them, prosecutors said.
Robicheaux and Riley were 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. Authorities now believe there could be additional victims in Los Angeles or San Diego counties as well as Nevada, Colorado and Louisiana, said prosecutor Jennifer Walker.
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More than 12 women and 1 man have alleged they were sexually assaulted by a California surgeon and his girlfriend since they were arrested earlier this month for allegedly drugging and raping two women. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told reporters Friday that officials are widening their investigation into year-old Grant Robicheaux and year-old Cerissa Riley and are looking into alleged assaults that date back decades. Rackauckas said there is a possibility more charges could be filed, but could not predict whether or not the pair would be re-arrested.
No arrests were immediately made, but the allegations sparked a two-year long probe into Robicheaux and Riley.
Image: Grant Robicheaux, Cerissa Riley. Dr. Grant Robicheaux, second from right, and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley, right, listen as Robicheaux’s.
Laurel Wamsley. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer says he will drop the charges against an orthopedic surgeon who appeared in a reality TV dating show, at a news conference in Santa Ana, Calif. He cited insufficient evidence in the case. The Orange County, Calif. District Attorney Todd Spitzer said that a review of the case — including thousands of photos and hundreds of videos — found “no provable evidence” that Grant Robicheaux, 39, and Cerissa Riley, 33, committed any sexual offense.
The case drew significant attention in when then-District Attorney Tony Rackauckas held a press conference in which Robicheaux and Riley were accused of multiple felonies. Authorities said the defendants would meet women, get them intoxicated, and then rape them at Robicheaux’s apartment, often recording video of the encounters. Robicheaux and Riley deny the allegations.
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Prosecutors are seeking to dismiss charges in a high-profile sexual assault case against a Southern California orthopedic surgeon and his girlfriend who were accused of kidnapping, drugging and raping several women in Grant William Robicheaux, 39, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 32, were accused of targeting women on dating apps, in multiple cities, and then drugging and sexually assaulting them while they were unconscious or incapacitated.
But the Orange County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday said there isn’t evidence to prove such a case against them. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said his office would seek to dismiss all charges against the couple and claimed his predecessor, Tony Rackauckas, mishandled the case. Robicheaux had appeared on the Bravo TV reality show “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male,” and Spitzer, who was running against Rackauckas when the charges materialized, accused Rackauckas of using the high-profile case for political gain during his campaign run.
Prosecutors initially said there were more than 1, videos to support the case, but on Tuesday Spitzer claimed said there was “not a single piece of evidence or video or photo that shows an unconscious or incapacitated woman being sexually assaulted.
Grant Robicheaux, once dubbed Orange County’s most eligible bachelor, and girlfriend Cerissa Riley are accused of drugging and raping.
Prosecutors say at least six more possible victims have come forward in the rape case against Grant William Robicheaux, who charmed TV audiences by lamenting how hard it was for a busy surgeon like him to meet the right woman. Prosecutors say Robicheaux, 38, and his current girlfriend, Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, used their good looks and charm to drug and rape at least two women. Robicheaux and Riley are charged with rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance, assault with intent to commit sexual offense, and possession of a controlled substance for sale.
Robicheaux is also accused of firearms violations. After investigating videos on Robicheaux’s phone, authorities worry there may be hundreds more victims. On another occasion, they invited her to a party and took her back to his apartment once she was intoxicated, Rackauckas said. Afterward, they drugged and raped the woman, the district attorney said.
He said the incident was recorded on video.