Newport Beach surgeon, girlfriend plead not guilty, new alleged victims come forward

(Orange County D.A.)

A surgeon and his girlfriend pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and kidnapping on Wednesday, with prosecutors adding charges involving five additional victims in addition to the charges of drugging and sexually assaulting two women that were announced last month.

Dr. Grant Robicheaux, 38, and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, 31, were charged with rape by use of drugs, kidnapping with the intent to commit a sexual offense and other crimes. After pleading not guilty, their bail was raised by a judge to $1 million each.

The couple had been charged last month with the assault of two women.  Prosecutors held a press conference and asked anyone who may also be a victim to come forward.

New information received following the press conference led to the additional charges.

“It is Grant and Cerissa’s absolute position that no non-consensual sex ever took place,” Philip Cohen, Robicheaux’s attorney, told reporters outside of the courthouse in Newport Beach.

Robicheaux and Riley face up to life in prison if convicted.  They are due back in court January 18.

Read more: Orange County Register


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