Santa Clara County, California, prosecutors charged Dana Stubblefield, a former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman, with the rape of a developmentally disabled woman this week.
The 45-year-old allegedly assaulted the woman on April 9, 2015, at his Morgan Hill home when she was called in for an interview for a babysitting job.
“This was a crime of violence against a vulnerable victim,'' Deputy District Attorney Tim McInerny said. ''She was looking for a job, and she was unconscionably assaulted.''
The former athlete arranged the said interview through a caretaker placement service called Sittercity.com.
Prior to the meeting, he promised the alleged victim that he would pay her for expenses, including gas, mileage and time that day. However, when he forgot to do so, he texted the then 31-year-old to return to his home to collect $80. That’s when the sexual assault occurred, according to McInerny.
If convicted, Stubblefield faces a ''substantial prison sentence.''
Denying the woman’s claims, Stubblefield’s attorney Kenneth Rosenfield said the case against his client is "a false and completely untrue allegation."
"This is nothing but a money grab, and an attempt to get money and take advantage of his celebrity status," he said.
This isn’t the first time Stubblefield has had a brush with the law. In 2010, he was sentenced to 90 days in prison for stealing his ex-girlfriend's mail. He admitted to requesting a change-of-address to have his former girlfriend's mail (and her unemployment checks) delivered to him.
Over the past couple of years, the high rate of sexual and other forms of physical violence perpetrated by male athletes, particularly NFL players, against women has prompted a lot of debate.
Stubblefield’s charge comes just almost a week after a Texas grand jury indicted NFL star quarterback Johnny Manziel on charges of assaulting and threatening to kill ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley.