California surgeon and ‘girlfriend’ charged with drug rapes

Vastavam web: An orthopedic surgeon in California who once appeared on a dating reality show and his girlfriend have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, in a case prosecutors suspect might involve hundreds of other victims. Authorities told AFP on Tuesday they had received dozens of leads in the probe, just hours after a press conference held to try to encourage other women to come forward. “I am being told by investigators that their phones have been very active this afternoon,” said Michelle Van Der Linden, a spokeswoman for Orange County prosecutors.

Robicheaux — who once appeared on the Bravo television show “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male” — and Riley are due to be arraigned on October 25.
Investigators found hundreds of videos on Robicheaux’s phone after he was arrested, “in various states of undress, consciousness and being assaulted,” Van Der Linden said. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told reporters that Robicheaux and Riley had worked in tandem at restaurants and bars to identify their victims and make them feel comfortable.

“We believe the defendants used their good looks and charm to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey,” Rackauckas said. The pair would then take the incapacitated women to his home in Newport Beach, where they were allegedly assaulted. Authorities believe Robicheaux and Riley traveled to various festivals since 2015, including Burning Man in Nevada, as well as landmarks in Arizona. Attorneys for Robicheaux and Riley issued a joint statement on Tuesday, denying the charges.