Famous California Surgeon Found Girls Through Tinder and Raped Them
SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA — September 24, 2018
A terrible sex scandal broke out in a quiet town in California. A famous California surgeon, Dr. Grant Robicheaux, and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, were arrested after a series of rapes. Initially, the couple was arrested in a case involving two women, but investigators realized that they were faced with a real criminal duo after they found more than a thousand videos of sexual nature.
According to the police report, investigators have identified more than 12 "credible potential victims" who claim they were preyed upon by Dr. Robicheaux and Riley.
Speaking at a morning news conference, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said investigators have received more than 50 phone calls about the case after the suspects were arrested and charged earlier this week.
"We're expanding our inquiries to several states and as well as other parts of California," he said. "We now believe that Robicheaux and Riley not only met their prey in person at bars and restaurants, but Robicheaux may have targeted victims through dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble."
Rackauckas also announced a newly emerged allegation, that Robicheaux assaulted a woman 20 years ago when Robicheaux was only 18.
According to the District Attorney Rackauckas, suspects were described the couple as a "Bonnie and Clyde" team after they drugged and forced women into sexual acts.
Asked in a previous interview if the suspects' M.O. was to send Riley out first to meet the alleged victims, Rackauckas replied: "That's what we've seen, yes."
Robicheaux, 38, was once named "Bachelor of the Year" by Orange Coast magazine and appeared on a Bravo reality show about online dating.
Lauren Hayden said she met Robicheaux on the dating app Tinder in 2017 and broke down when she saw his face in a recent news report.
"I just started screaming," she said. "I just started sobbing."
Hayden recalled red flags before she escaped their encounter.
"I was in the pool with him or Jacuzzi, and he started trying to tear my top off," she said. "When I was saying 'no,' it was like he wasn't even hearing me."
The couple was charged with sexual assault against two women and one count of rape. But after finding more than 1,000 videos of victims whom the couple allegedly recorded in many cities, authorities are concerned they may have widespread victims.
Robicheaux and Riley have been released on bail. The DA said it is possible that the couple could be re-arrested if there is substantial evidence of additional charges.
Lawyers for the pair said they unequivocally deny all allegations of non-consensual sex. At a brief press conference Friday afternoon, the legal team said they are prepared to defend against the allegations.
"There has been much to say about thousands of victims and hundreds of counts. We cannot speak to any of those, all we can do is tell you that after the lengthy investigation that has taken place, after the many months of review of video and media and digital information, we are prepared to defend against the charges that have been filed," said attorney Philip Cohen.
District Attorney Rackauckas’s re-election opponent, Todd Spitzer, also spoke on Friday asking about the time it took for the DA to warn women about the alleged predators — and why the pair are out on bail.
"This call for additional victims is almost a year late, and this has nothing to do with protecting the victims. This call is nothing more than a political rouse for Mr. Rackauckas to get free press," Spitzer said.
Rackauckas said that his hands were tied until there was sufficient evidence to charge the couple, and that happened this month.
Through their attorneys, the suspects said they are not a flight risk. They said Robicheaux took trips out of the country three times in the last nine months and each time he's returned voluntarily. The pair is scheduled to be arraigned in October.
If the investigators' fears about the number of victims are confirmed, the couple may face up to 25 years in prison.