A former San Francisco 49 er defensive lineman charged with raping a developmentally delayed female denied the charges Tuesday, telling the episode was a consensual encounter with a mentally competent female who asked for fund and a job afterward.
Dana Stubblefield is accused of raping the woman in his home in Morgan Hill, California, south of San Jose. The female, who was then 31, traveled to Stubblefield’s home on April 9, 2015, to interview for a job babysitting his children. Investigators tell she left after 20 minutes, but she returned when Stubblefield texted her that he wanted to pay for her time.
After raping her, investigators said, Stubblefield gave her $80 and “lets get going”. The female immediately went to the Morgan Hill Police Department and reported the rape, attorneys said.
DNA evidence matched that of Stubblefield, research reports said.
Stubblefield spoke briefly at a press conference Tuesday in San Jose, saying he was “completely innocent” and noting that he has financially supported the Special Olympics.
“That is why these allegations hurt me so badly, ” Stubblefield said reading a prepared statement. “I will defend myself with all my strength.”
He declined to answer questions.
Stubblefield’s lawyers say the woman texted Stubblefield 18 periods the day the two had sexuality and four more periods in the working day afterward. Attorney Kenneth Rosenfeld said the woman asked for fund on 10 of those occasions. He said Stubblefield gave the woman a “small amount” of fund to help her mend her car.
“This is a money grab, ” Rosenfeld said.
Rosenfeld said the woman has been charged with several crimes including assault in the past, showing that the district attorney believed her mentally competent to appear in court.
Another attorney, Gary Winuk, also said the unidentified female has filed two lawsuits where she represents herself and has a California’s driver’s license. “She had a clear capacity to make decisions, ” Winuk said.
Police apprehended Stubblefield in front of his children’s school Monday after he fell them off. He was released from jail late Monday on $250,000 bail.
Stubblefield’s lawyers said the former football player was say of the rape accusation about two months ago and say he has been “cooperating fully” with investigators since.
“We remain focused on the suit. We will present proof in a court of law, after which we expect Mr. Stubblefield will be held accountable for his crimes, ” Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tim McInerny said in a prepared statement.
The district attorney’s office declined to provide further details on the woman’s mental health.
Stubblefield was the San Francisco 49 ers’ first-round picking in 1993 after a standout career at the University of Kansas. The three-time pro bowler also played for Washington and Oakland before retiring after the New England Patriots released him before the start of the 2004 season.
Stubblefield pleaded guilty in 2009 to lying to federal officials investigating a performance improving drugs ring catering to professional athletes. He was sentenced to probation after cooperating with investigators. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to stealing his former girlfriend’s mail by submitting a fraudulent change of address for her to the U.S. Post Office.
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