At least three more alleged victims have come forward since authorities announced sexual assault charges against a Newport Beach surgeon who appeared on a reality TV show and his girlfriend, the Orange County district attorney said Wednesday.
On Tuesday, prosecutors said they’ve charged Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, with drugging and sexually assaulting two women. They also said videos and photos discovered on Robicheaux’s phone suggested there may be additional victims.
Since then, at least three more women have called in claiming to be victims of the couple, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told KTLA.
Prosecutors accused Riley and Robicheaux, a surgeon who appeared on the Bravo TV show “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male” in 2014, of drugging and raping a 32-year-old woman at Robicheaux’s apartment in April 2016. The couple had met the victim at a restaurant in Newport Beach and invited her to a party, according to District Attorney’s Office. When she became intoxicated, Riley and Robicheaux allegedly escorted her to the apartment.
That woman alerted the Newport Beach Police Department about the incident the next day and tested positive for several controlled substances in a forensic exam, the DA’s Office said.
Seven months later, the couple brought another woman they had been drinking with at a Newport Beach bar to Robicheaux’s home, according to prosecutors. She became unconscious at the bar but woke up at the apartment, where the couple allegedly sexually assaulted her with intent to commit rape. The woman screamed for help, prompting a neighbor to call the police, who came to the scene and started an investigation, the DA’s office said.
In January 2018, authorities reported recovering large quantities of illegal drugs at the surgeon’s home. He also allegedly possessed two illegal, unregistered assault rifles, four additional firearms and multiple large-capacity magazines.
Newport Beach police filed the case to the District Attorney’s Office on Sept. 6.
Five days later, prosecutors charged Robicheaux with rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance, assault with intent to commit sexual offense, four counts of possession of a controlled substance for sale and two counts of possession of an assault weapon.
Riley, a Brea resident, was charged with rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance, assault with intent to commit sexual offense and four counts of possession of a controlled substance for sale.
Authorities arrested the two at Robicheaux’s residence on Sept. 12, according to the DA’s Office, but each was released on $100,000 bail.
In announcing the charges, prosecutors noted that the defendants might have traveled together to Burning Man in Nevada, the Dirtybird Campout festival in Silverado, the Splash House festival in Palm Springs, landmarks near Page, Arizona since 2015.
Rackauckas did not provide further information on the three additional victims he mentioned.
On Wednesday, a woman named Lauren Hayden told KTLA she met Robicheaux through Tinder less than a year ago and that she went to his home for dinner.
She said while the man did not drug or rape her, he repeatedly tried to rip off her clothing as she attempted to pull away.
Hayden said she regretted not reporting the incident to the authorities.
“When I saw the news article, I just started bawling,” she said.
Robicheaux and Riley were scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 25.