New OC District Attorney Blasts Predecessor’s Gross Misconduct in Doctor’s Serial Rape Case

Spitzer: Previous administration lied about “1,000 victims” claim to win positive pre-election campaign coverage (OC Weekly photo)

In accordance with exclusive reporting by OC Weekly, new Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer concluded that the prior administration “shamelessly exploited” a criminal prosecution against a Newport Beach doctor and his girlfriend preposterously accused of drugging and then videotaping themselves raping a “thousand” victims.

Spitzer drew his conclusion after studying the depositions of defeated DA Tony Rackauckas and Susan Schroeder, his chief of staff, and didn’t mince words in a Sept. 19 letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. 

“The former DA and his chief of staff repeatedly engaged in prosecutorial misconduct by exploiting pre-trial publicity for re-election purposes,” Spitzer told Becerra in the letter that was unsealed on Nov. 6. “In doing so, they each further victimized the victims in this case and prohibited the OCDA’s office from exercising its sacrosanct duty to ensure a fair trail and its duty to seek justice. 

By August 2018, private polling informed 20-year incumbent Rackauckas and Schroeder that voters were prepared to hand them their nightmare scenario: an election victory by hated Republican nemesis Spitzer, a former prosecutor, county supervisor and state Assemblyman.

About a month later, the duo began shamelessly parading Dr. Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley as sexually-deviant monsters to reporters around the globe, winning invaluable free campaign publicity from thousands of positive news articles as well as appearances on all of the major television networks.

In his letter to Becerra, Spitzer, who’d trounced scandal-scarred Rackauckas, published portions of his predecessor’s deposition pertaining to the manipulation of the People v. Robicheaux:

Question by a Robicheaux/Riley attorney: Did you see this case of a thousand victims, a good-looking doctor, a good-looking girlfriend, as being a potential publicity vehicle for you?

Rackauckas: I certainly expected to get a lot of publicity, yes.

And did you think that that publicity might be helpful to your campaign?

Yes.

And that was the thought—you wanted to help your campaign, I assume. You wanted to get re-elected?

Yes.

And you saw this case, with the accouterments, as potentially being a very good vehicle; is that fair to say?

Yes.

According to Spitzer, Rackauckas and Schroeder had “actively marketed the ‘1,000 victims’ story to the press behind the scenes [and] are now denying such a claim.”

He added, “This is not a close call. It is a blatant abuse of power and misuse of government resources for personal gain by the former administration of this office. This office cannot suffer any more credibility setbacks given its history of prosecutorial abuse.”

Nonetheless, the lie-loaded case against the couple remains active.

Here are prior Weekly articles on the topic:

Records Show DA Effort to Spin Doctor into a Serial-Rapist, July 2, 2019;

Tired of His Cheating, Voters Finally Booted Orange County DA Tony Rackauckas, Nov. 14, 2018;

Who is OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas Really Shagging?, Oct. 31, 2018;

Rackauckas Accused of Timing Reality TV Doctor’s Rape Charges to Suit DA’s Race, Sept. 24, 2018.

CNN-featured investigative reporter R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; obtained one of the last exclusive prison interviews with Charles Manson disciple Susan Atkins; won inclusion in Jeffrey Toobin’s The Best American Crime Reporting for his coverage of a white supremacist’s senseless murder of a beloved Vietnamese refugee; launched multi-year probes that resulted in the FBI arrests and convictions of the top three ranking members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department; and gained praise from New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing entrenched Southern California law enforcement corruption.

7 Replies to “New OC District Attorney Blasts Predecessor’s Gross Misconduct in Doctor’s Serial Rape Case”

  1. That´s All You´ve Got Toddy boy?
    What a hoot. To C.S. to bring up Real Crimes committed by You Clowns

    Who do You think You are Kidding?
    Talk about a Public Relations Stunt. This is Exactly that, Self Serving Parasite.

    You and T-Rack are two Peas in a Pod.

      1. That´s All You Got Canyon ?
        Plain and Simple,
        Both parties are Dirty and Your Pal
        Toddy boy is part of the criminal big Club.

  2. The DA didn’t have anything to say about the GROSS misconduct at the Orange County Probation Department when that former Chairperson of the Orange County GOP, former Judge, former Chief Probation Officer and FINALLY former Director of Health, who had a HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION. The only qualification she had was that she sent ARMED GUARDS to the Voting Polls in the Hispanic Communities when her EQUALLY RACIST friend Old Trick Dick Nixon was running for President. She used all her positions of power to Hire and Promote her numerous Drug Abusing and Drug Dealing Friends. She Smoked so much Marijuana at her residence in the City of Anaheim that her neighbors would call our Probation Records Unit complaining about all the Marijuana Fumes floating over to their houses. As if that wasn’t bad enough we had that Asst. Chief Probation Officer who Smoked Marijuana all DAY LONG AND WELL INTO THE NIGHT while on duty. She had her very own Gang of Drug Dealers, most of them Deputy Probation Officers. EVERYONE knew about what was going on and NO ONE DID A THING ABOUT IT, and that includes that former Sheriff and Local Law Enforcement.

  3. 7 rape victims. Doctor had date rape drug in his house. Spitzer hates Rauckaus so much he’s willing to let a serial rapist go? Who does Spitzer work for?

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