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News World. Prosecutors ask to drop most charges in doctor rape case. By Associated Press.
Tweet Facebook Mail. California state prosecutors have asked a judge to dismiss most sex crime charges filed against a reality TV doctor and his girlfriendwho are accused of drugging and raping several women at their Southern California home. The attorney general's office, which took over the case from the Orange County district attorney's office last year, filed a motion asking for dismissal of 10 charges involving six of the seven alleged victims.
The motion said a review found that some allegations couldn't be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Bromberg asked the state to file a brief with more information before he rules on the motion, which could happen next month.
At the time, authorities said the pair plied their victims with drugs and sexually assaulted them when they were incapable of resisting. Robicheaux, 40, and Riley, 33, have pleaded not guilty, saying the sex was consensual. If the charges are dropped, the case would be pared down to allegations that Robicheaux and Riley assaulted a woman in at their Newport Beach home with intent to commit sexual offense.
The state is asking for dismissal of a charge that they kidnapped the woman. At the same time, state prosecutors want to file four additional charges alleging that the couple gave the woman drugs in an effort to have sex with her while she was unable to resist.
If convicted of assaulting one woman, Robicheaux and Riley could face 10 years in prison. If the judge won't dismiss the other charges, a conviction could carry a potential life sentence. District Attorney Todd Spitzer had accused his predecessor, Tony Rackauckas, of manufacturing the case to bolster his reelection campaign. Matildas down New Zealand to kick off Olympic campaign.
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