Bravo Star Grant William Robicheaux & Girlfriend Cerissa Laura Riley Accused of Rape
Dr. Grant William Robicheaux pushed an image of a top-notch orthopedic surgeon from Newport Beach, Calif., when he appeared on Bravo’s Online Dating Rituals of the American Male.
But on Tuesday, Orange County prosecutors accused Robicheaux and his girlfriend of raping two women and sexually assaulting hundreds more. Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said that Robicheaux and Cerissa Laura Riley seemed like “clean-cut, good-looking people” but preyed on women they would meet at local bars and festivals across the western United States.
Robicheaux and Riley, 38 and 31, are accused of drugging their victims and bringing them back to Robicheaux’s Newport Beach bachelor pad, where they would sexually assault and rape them.
Rackauckas said that detectives found a video of sex acts with one of the two identified victims. He also added they found videos and photos on the pair’s phones of other victims.
Rackauckas estimated more than 1,000 videos were on Robicheaux’s phone. He did not say whether the same women were seen in multiple clips. “It appears they are highly intoxicated beyond the ability to consent or resist, they are barely responsive to the defendants’ sexual advances,” he said.
Rackauckas said his office can’t make the images public, but everything points to the women also being victims of assaults. He added some of the images come from festivals across the western U.S. including Burning Man and the Splash House in Palm Springs.
Robicheaux and Riley now face felony charges including rape by drugs, oral copulation by anesthesia and assault with intent to commit sexual offenses.
The two were caught when neighbors heard screaming and called the police on October 2, 2016. A search of the apartment found drugs including GHB, the date rape drug, as well as MDMA and cocaine. Robicheaux is also accused of possessing two illegal, unregistered assault rifles, four other firearms, and several large-capacity magazines.
Attorneys Philip Cohen and Scott Borthwick denied the allegations of nonconsensual sex in a joint statement for the couple.
The California medical board has opened an investigation on Robicheaux and prosecutors want to talk to his patients, though there is no evidence yet that any incidents happened in a medical setting.
Robicheaux and Riley are free on $100 thousand bails. They’ll be arraigned on October 25. The district attorney’s office asks any women who think they might’ve been sexually assaulted by the couple to contact the lead investigator, Eric Wiseman. Authorities noted the couple had traveled to festivals as far as Nevada.