Surgeon accused of rape thought charges would be dropped. A twist might change that

Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, had their lives "destroyed" by the allegations, their lawyer said.Then the case took a bizarre turn last week when a new prosecutor said he would drop charges against the California couple — citing insufficient evidence and claiming the previous DA used the case for political gain. But Riley and Robicheaux, an orthopedic surgeon and former reality TV show personality, aren't guaranteed freedom. Even though the prosecution and defense actually agree in this case, the judge isn't so certain. And that gives hope to some of the couple's accusers."My client believes in her heart of hearts that she was the victim of sexual assault," said attorney Michael Fell, who represents a woman known as Jane Doe #4. "She does not waver whatsoever."

The big surprise in court

Robicheaux and Riley celebrated what seemed to be their imminent freedom on national TV last week. "I feel like I finally woke up from a bad nightmare," Riley told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview that aired Friday. "I feel like I can breathe again.""Still can't believe this happened to us," Robicheaux said. Robicheaux and Riley speak out after a prosecutor said he would drop chargesThe same day, the Orange County district attorney's office made a motion to dismiss the case in front of Superior Court Judge Gregory Jones. But instead of granting that motion, as many expected, the judge took it "under submission" and allowed more time for all parties to present more facts, Fell said. The judge also ordered discovery to be turned over to the alleged victims' attorneys "so that we could evaluate the facts of the case, which, quite frankly, we haven't had access to at this stage of the game," Fell said. The judge said he would rule by April 3, CNN affiliate KTLA reported.

The couple said they were swingers, not criminals

Robicheaux and Riley told "Good Morning America" they participated in a swingers lifestyle. But they insisted none of the women they'd had a sexual relationship with were too inebriated to consent."It was never a question," Robicheaux said."Never," Riley said.Since charges were filed in September 2018, the couple's lives have been in shambles, their attorney Thomas M. Ferlauto said. Robicheaux, who was featured in an episode of Bravo's "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male" in 2014, had his medical license suspended and lost his job. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said the caseRead More – Source

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