Prosecutors ask to drop most fees in physician rape case
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — State prosecutors on Friday requested a choose to dismiss most intercourse crime fees filed in opposition to a actuality TV physician and his girlfriend, who’re accused of drugging and raping a number of ladies at their Southern California house.
The lawyer basic’s workplace, which took over the case from the Orange County district lawyer’s workplace final yr, filed a movement asking for dismissal of 10 fees involving six of the seven alleged victims.
”We’ve no purpose to consider that any of those victims are being untruthful,” however a evaluation discovered that some allegations couldn’t be proved past an inexpensive doubt, the prosecutor stated.
The movement stated a evaluation discovered that some allegations could not be proved past an inexpensive doubt.
Nevertheless, Orange County Superior Courtroom Decide Steven D. Bromberg requested the state to file a quick with extra info earlier than he guidelines on the movement, which may occur subsequent month.
Noting twists and turns within the case, Bromberg stated it’s “changing into the unending story.”
Dr. Grant Robicheaux, a surgeon who beforehand appeared on a Bravo TV present referred to as “On-line Courting Rituals of the American Male,” was charged in 2018 with in reference to seven victims, and Cerissa Riley was charged in reference to 5. On the time, authorities stated the pair plied their victims with medication and sexually assaulted them after they have been incapable of resisting.
Robicheaux, 40, and Riley, 33, have pleaded not responsible, saying the intercourse was consensual.
If the fees are dropped, the case could be pared right down to allegations that Robicheaux and Riley assaulted a girl in 2017 at their Newport Seaside house with intent to commit sexual offense. The state is asking for dismissal of a cost that they kidnapped the girl.
On the similar time, state prosecutors need to file 4 extra fees alleging that the couple gave the girl medication in an effort to have intercourse along with her whereas she was unable to withstand.
If convicted of assaulting one girl, Robicheaux and Riley may face 10 years in jail. If the choose will not dismiss the opposite fees, a conviction may carry a possible life sentence.
”We’ve no purpose to consider that any of those victims are being untruthful,” however a evaluation discovered that some allegations could not be proved past an inexpensive doubt, Deputy Lawyer Basic Yvette Martinez stated in court docket.
“Clearly, the victims will not be in favor of this” and need the possibility to testify, stated Mike Fell, an lawyer for one alleged sufferer who could possibly be faraway from the case.
Final August, one other choose ordered that the case be turned over to the lawyer basic’s workplace after the Orange County district lawyer’s workplace tried to have the case dismissed, saying it believed there was inadequate proof to proceed.
District Lawyer Todd Spitzer had accused his predecessor, Tony Rackauckas, of producing the case to bolster his reelection marketing campaign.