Feb 4, 2020
Los Angeles Magazine – Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer announced today that his office plans to drop all charges in a high-profile case in which a Newport Beach doctor and his girlfriend were accused of drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women.
Spitzer said at a press conference that a review of the case by his office found “There’s insufficient evidence to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Dr. Grant Robicheaux, 39, and Cerissa Riley, 32, were charged in 2018 with charged with rape by drugs, oral copulation by anesthesia, and assault with intent to commit sexual offenses, among other crimes.
Spitzer, who inherited the case from the previous DA, Tony Rackauckus, tasked his office with conducting what he called a “de novo” review of the Robicheaux case last year.
“The de novo review team unanimously agreed there is insufficient evidence to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Spitzer said earlier today.
Previously, local prosecutors had argued that the orthopedic surgeon and his girlfriend were sexual predators who used their looks, and an array of mind-altering pharmaceuticals, to lure an untold number of victims into their web.
Robicheaux, who was once featured in a short-lived Bravo reality TV dating show Online Dating Rituals of the American Male, faced sexual assault accusations from seven female victims; Riley, his longtime girlfriend and co-defendant, faced accusations from five women.
A police search of the couple’s home found drugs in Robicheaux’s home, including GHB, known as a date rape drug … Read more.