We have an update on one of the more disgusting stories we've heard in a very long time.
As previously reported, Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend, Cerissa Laura Riley, were arrested on September 11 and charged with various counts of sexual assault.
Two alleged victims have accused the couple of drugging them, luring them back to their apartment and taking advantage of them in a violent, unwanted sexual manner.
Why is this being written about on a celebrity gossip website?
Because Robicheaux appeared in 2014 on an episode of Bravo television show called "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male."
He was also named "Bachelor of the Year” by Orange Coast Magazine in 2013.
In a press conference, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas detailed the lurid ways in which Robicheaux used his personality and physical appeal to weed out potential victims.
"We believe the defendants used their good looks and charms to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey,” Rackauckas told reporters, adding:
“We have all heard of a wolf dressing up in sheep’s clothing. But a wolf can wear scrubs or be a doctor’s clothing. That wolf can be a beautiful woman."
Now, a day after this story went viral, we've learned that SIX potential new victims have come forward.
Two of the these women are from out of California, said office Chief of Staff Susan Kang Schroeder, yet they could still testify at a trial.
"We are very encouraged that the victims would feel confident in the legal system and come forward," Schroeder said.
Orange County officials believe Robicheaux and Riley may have traveled together to "various festivals and locations since 2015, including Burning Man in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, Dirtybird Campout Festival in Silverado, California and the Splash House music festival in Palm Springs, California," according to a news release issued by prosecutors earlier this week.
Based on videos and pictures seized as part of a search of Robicheaux's apartment in Newport Beach, Rackauckas said on Tuesday that there may be a multitude of other victims out there.
He urged them to step forward.
These uncovered materials depict other women involved in sex acts with the suspects, including some who appeared to be drunk or drugged.
This is truly awful stuff.
Laguna Beach resident Lauren Hayden discussed her interaction with Robicheaux with USA Today yesterday.
She says Robicheaux flaunted his Bravo appearance to attract her and admitted she found Robicheaux last year on the dating app Tinder.
He invited her over for dinner at his apartment and she accepted and met him there on October 11, 2017.
“As I was putting on my clothes, he kept trying to rip them back off,” she said in a telephone interview Wednesday, continuing;
“I smiled and said I had to go and that I found the way he was talking to me to be disrespectful. I even said to him, ‘I don’t think you understand the way you’re coming off is really aggressive and kind of reminds me of previous sexual assault encounters that I’ve had, so I’d appreciate it if you’d stop.’”
Robicheaux did not hold her down or force her to do anything after that.
But she can easily see how these other women fell prey to his advances.
Robicheaux faces charges that include rape by use of drugs, assault with intent to commit sexual offense, possession of drugs with intent to sell and possession of assault weapons.
The charges also include having performed oral copulation with victims who were anesthetized.
Attorneys representing Robicheaux and Riley could not immediately be reached for comment.
"They have been aware of these accusations for a number of months and each of them will formally deny the truth of these allegations at their first opportunity in court," Philip Cohen and Scott Borthwick, lawyers for the defendants, said in a joint statement to various media outlets.
"Dr. Robicheaux and Ms. Riley believe that such allegations do a disservice to, and dangerously undermine, the true victims of sexual assault, and they are eager to have the proper spotlight shed on this case in a public trial."