UPDATE: Dana Stubblefield's attorney sent out a press release Monday night saying that his client denies the charges.
Former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield raped a disabled woman, according to charges filed Monday by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
The 45-year-old retired defensive lineman—who firmly denies the allegations—stands accused of sexually assaulting a 31-year-old developmentally disabled woman he found through a babysitter website last year.
“This was a crime of violence against a vulnerable victim,” prosecutor Tim McInerny said. “She was looking for a job and she was unconscionably assaulted.”
Stubblefield—who’s 6-foot-3 and weighs more than 300 pounds—contacted the victim on SitterCity.com and asked her to come to his Morgan Hill home the next day for a job interview, said McInerny, a member of the DA’s Sexual Assault Unit.
After a brief interview, authorities said, the woman left. But Stubblefield called her back, offering to pay her for her time. When she returned, according to police, he carried the 5-foot-tall, 105-pound woman to a room, raped her, forced her to perform oral sex and then gave her $80.
From Stubblefield's home, the woman drove straight to the Morgan Hill Police Department to report the attack. In the course of the investigation, which took a year, police say they matched DNA evidence from a rape kit to Stubblefield.
“The victim immediately reported being assaulted,” McInerny told San Jose Inside. “After a thorough and complete investigation, the suspect was taken into custody.”
Police booked Stubblefield into San Jose’s Main Jail on Monday on five felony counts in connection to the assault—four counts of rape and one count of false imprisonment. Here's a link to the criminal complaint.
Stubblefield's attorney, Ken Rosenfeld, reached out to San Jose Inside Monday night to say that his client denounces the charges as false and fraudulent and that his sexual encounter with the woman was consensual.
“Dana Stubblefield is being unfairly targeted due to his celebrity and wealth by someone with full motivation to lie,” Rosenfeld said. “Mr. Stubblefield passed a lie detector test with flying colors and will present a full, vigorous defense against these false allegations.”
Rosenfeld said his client also provided exculpatory information to prosecutors proving that the woman who made the allegations asked him for a job and money after their meeting.
Stubblefield told his attorneys that he knew nothing about the allegations until February, nearly a year after he met the woman. Rosenfeld said the woman has prior violent criminal criminal convictions for an assault and resisting arrest after a hit-and-run.
“The District Attorney’s office should know better in cases like this where there is no evidence to support allegations that are already a year old,” said Rosenfeld. “This is a sophisticated party who has had multiple contacts with the criminal and civil justice system including criminal convictions in San Benito County. The clear motivation here is money. Mr. Stubblefield is being targeted by this person for his success.”
Stubblefield’s bail has been set at $250,000. According to the DA’s Office, he faces “substantial” prison time if convicted. The date of his arraignment at the South County Courthouse will be set within the next day.