Defense attorneys for a Newport Beach surgeon and his girlfriend, who are charged with drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women, said Monday evidence recovered from the duo’s computers and devices did not back up claims by prosecutors.
A forensic expert hired by defense attorneys for Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley analyzed two hard drives provided by prosecutors.
According to the defense team, the expert’s “conclusions are astounding, not in what the videos show, but in how they so drastically differ from what was publicly represented by the District Attorney’s Office and by the media over the past six weeks.”
The defendants’ attorneys discounted reports of “thousands” of videos on the computers. They claim there are “absolutely no videos depicting Robicheaux or Riley engaging in sex acts with unconscious women.”
They claim what videos were turned over to defense attorneys “reflect sexual encounters with of-age women, known to Robicheaux and Riley” that were “absolutely consensual.” None of the videos included any of the alleged victims, they said.
The defense attorneys argued that prosecutors “deliberately tried” to avoid turning over the evidence “until after the election.”
Messages left with the District Attorney’s Office were not immediately returned.
Robicheaux, 38, and Riely, 31, pleaded not guilty Oct. 17.
Robicheaux is charged in connection with seven victims while Riley is charged with five of the alleged victims.
Prosecutors say there are a few other women who have alleged they were victimized outside of Orange County, and, although the pair is not charged in connection with those claims their allegations would be used in the prosecution to establish a pattern of abuse.
Prosecutors have contended that the two would take advantage of their good looks to meet women in restaurants or bars, then drug them and lure them back to Robicheaux’s apartment, where they were sexually assaulted. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in September that investigators discovered more than 1,000 cell phone videos of alleged assaults.
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