O.C. judge scales back rape charges against Newport Beach surgeon, girlfriend

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Newport Beach Dr. Grant Robicheaux, and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, sit inside a courtroom during a hearing at Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana on Aug. 19, 2021. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Newport Beach Dr. Grant Robicheaux, and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, sit inside a courtroom during a hearing at Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana on Aug. 19, 2021. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A judge on Thursday agreed to scale back criminal charges against a reality TV doctor and his girlfriend who had been accused of drugging and raping several women at their Southern California home.

Orange County Superior Court Frank Ospino approved a request by the California Attorney General’s Office to pare down charges against Dr. Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley to focus on two of the original seven women the couple was accused of sexually assaulting, the Orange County Register reported.

The attorney general’s office, which took over the case from the Orange County district attorney’s office last year, filed a motion in May asking for dismissal of 10 charges involving six of the seven alleged victims.

The motion said a review found that some allegations couldn’t be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

Robicheaux, a surgeon who previously appeared on a Bravo TV show called “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male,” was charged in 2018 with in connection with seven victims, and Riley was charged in connection with five. At the time, authorities said the pair plied their victims with drugs and sexually assaulted them when they were incapable of resisting.

They have pleaded not guilty, saying the sex was consensual.

Ospino’s ruling came a year after an attempt by the DA to completely dismiss the charges was denied by another judge.

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