US based orthopedic Surgeon & Girlfriend charged with drugging and sexually assaulting 'hundreds' of victims
In a shocking incident at California, an orthopedic surgeon once appeared on a dating reality show had allegedly along with his girlfriend were charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women.
In a case, prosecutors suspect might involve hundreds of other victims.
Authorities told the International News Agency that 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.
"People are calling with additional information and we will be busy tracking down all the additional leads,” Van Der Linden added.
It may also be mentioned that the surgeon, 38-year-old Grant William Robicheaux, and his 31-year-old girlfriend, Cerissa Laura Riley, were charged on September 11 with rape as well as drug and weapons-related offenses in connection with two alleged assaults.
But investigators found hundreds of videos on Robicheaux's phone after he was arrested, showing women "in various states of undress, consciousness and being assaulted,” adding, "We're still going through those videos," Van Der Linden stated further.
Reports also stated that Dr 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.
Also, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told reporters that Robicheaux and Riley are believed to have 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 apparently used ecstasy, date rape drugs and cocaine to incapacitate their victims before assaulting them at Robicheaux's home in Newport Beach, he said.
Authorities say Robicheaux and Riley traveled to various festivals since 2015, including Burning Man in Nevada, as well as landmarks in Arizona, where they may have preyed on other women.
Attorneys for Robicheaux and Riley issued a joint statement on Tuesday, denying the charges.
If convicted, Robicheaux faces up to 40 years in prison. Riley could face 30 years behind bars.