Alleged Newport Beach Rapist Makes Court Appearance

Adel Regragui, 42, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting two women.

A Newport Beach man accused of drugging and sexually assaulting two women appeared in a Santa Ana courtroom Monday for an arraignment hearing. 

Adel Regragui, 42, pleaded not guilty in January to rape charges.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Craig Robison on Monday agreed to continue the hearing until Oct. 29.

Regragui, 42, remains behind bars on $1 million bail.

Authorities say Regragui met his first alleged victim on May 5, 2010, during a party at his house where he gave her drugs. The woman told authorities she woke up naked with the defendant sexually assaulting her with his fingers and a bottle, Walker said. Regragui is also accused of forcing her to perform oral sex on him, Walker said.

A 21-year-old woman told investigators she asked to buy Xanax from Regragui while the two were at a Newport Beach bar in June, according to Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker. Regragui said he had some at his home, so he took her there and convinced her to try GHB, which he poured into a Gatorade bottle cap, Walker alleged.

The woman got sick and vomited, and when she woke up, Regragui allegedly raped her and forced her to perform oral sex on him. The woman did not report the alleged attack to authorities until after she saw Regragui again Nov. 26 at the same bar, Walker said.

The woman, who tried to avoid Regargui at the bar, said she was having a drink with a friend when she blacked out, the prosecutor said.

When the woman woke up, she was at Regragui's home in someone else's lingerie, with her hands bound, Walker alleged. She asked him if they had sex, and he said they had, according to the prosecutor.

Regragui, who also faces sentence-enhancing allegations of committing a sexual assault against multiple victims and tying and binding of a victim, faces up to 115 years to life in prison if convicted, Walker said.


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