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

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Yet to prosecutors who this week accused Dr Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Riley, 31, of drugging and raping two women and possibly many more, the couple's "clean cut and good looking" image was an essential part of their criminal toolkit, lulling dozens and possibly hundreds of victims into "a false sense..."

The couple apparently worked together to lure victims back to Robicheaux's apartment using drugs and alcohol, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said at a news conference Tuesday.

Robicheaux was one of two men featured in an episode of Online Dating Rituals of the American Male, which was canceled about its brief 2014 run.

Police say Robicheaux and Riley met the first victim in April 2016 at a restaurant in Newport Beach, and then invited her to a party on a boat.

The defendants, who were released on $100,000 bail, could not be immediately reached for comment. After the woman alerted authorities the next day, multiple drugs were found in her system.

The surgeon and his girlfriend came to the attention of authorities when a young woman screamed for help and the physician's neighbour called Newport police on October 2, 2016.

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Newport Beach police submitted their investigation to prosecutors September 6, and the two were arrested on charges September 12, Rackauckas said.

On Tuesday, the Orange County district attorney said there could be several unidentified victims based on some of those videos.

Dr Grant William Robicheaux billed himself as an elite orthopaedic surgeon catering to the famous and wealthy in the U.S. state of California. Rackauckas said there may be more victims, citing "thousands" of videos and photos on Robicheaux's phone, many showing highly intoxicated women.

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

Authorities suspect there are additional victims in the case.

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. Authorities said the couple traveled to festivals such as Burning Man in Black Rock Desert in Nevada, Dirtybird Campout festival in central California and the Splash House festival in Palm Springs, California.

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Numerous victims may not have known that they were sexually assaulted because they were unconscious.

"We've all heard of a wolf in sheep's clothing".

"Well, a wolf can wear scrubs or doctors" clothing.

If convicted, Mr Robicheaux and Ms Riley could spend 40 years and 30 years in prison respectively, according to the prosecutor. You can read the charges and other details of the case here and watch video of Rackauckas' news conference below, including a clip of Robicheaux's appearance on Online Dating Rituals of the American Male.

On Jan. 9, they defendants were found in possession of large quaintness of illegal drugs and Robicheaux was found with two illegal and unregistered assault rifles, four other guns and several large capacity magazines.

"It's very disarming to have a lady going up to another lady and start having a conversation and socializing, then meet the boyfriend, have a couple drinks, and get invited back to their place", Rackauckas said.

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