Former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield was charged Monday with multiple counts of rape of a "developmentally delayed" woman. The retired NFL player’s lawyer reportedly said that Stubblefield had consensual sex with the woman who accused him of rape.
Stubblefield reportedly attacked the 31-year-old woman at his Morgan Hill home on April 9, 2015. The 43-year-old contacted the woman through a nanny agency, San Jose Mercury News reported citing police.
“This was a crime of violence against a vulnerable victim,” Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tim McInerny, said in a statement. “She was looking for a job and she was unconscionably assaulted.”
Stubblefield faces charges of rape by force or violence, rape of a person incapable of giving consent, oral copulation by force or violence, oral copulation of a person incapable of giving consent and false imprisonment. If convicted, the 45-year-old could face up to 16 years and eight months in prison.
Stubblefield is being held on a $250,000 bail and the date of his arraignment at the South County Courthouse in Morgan Hill will be set within 24 hours, the district attorney's office said.
However, Stubblefield's attorney, Ken Rosenfeld, disputed the allegations made by the prosecutors.
"Dana Stubblefield is being unfairly targeted due to his celebrity and wealth by someone with full motivation to lie," Rosenfeld said in a statement. "Mr. Stubblefield passed a lie detector test with flying colors and will present a full, vigorous defense against these allegations."