FORMER San Francisco 49ers player Dana Stubblefield has been found guilty of raping a woman with developmental disabilities while using a gun.
The assault took place in 2015, after the then-31-year-old woman came to Stubblefield’s California home to interview for a babysitting job, ESPN reported.
Prosecutors said the interview lasted about 20 minutes, but then Stubblefield called the woman back to his home, claiming he wanted to pay her for her time.
The jury found the 49-year-old former player guilty of rape by force, oral copulation by force and false imprisonment. He was acquitted on charges of raping a person incapable of giving consent, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
He could face 15 years to life in prison.
Investigators said that after raping the woman, Stubblefield gave her $80. She then went to the Morgan Hill Police Department to report the rape, and handed over the money.
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen called the guilty verdict “a triumph of resilience.” The trial had been ongoing for nine months.
“The victim has struggled her whole life with learning disabilities and challenges to be self-sufficient. If we are not fighting for her, then who are we fighting for?”
Defense attorneys said that the sex was consensual and that they will seek a new trial.
One of Stubblefield’s attorneys, Allen Sawyer, described the incident as a “paid encounter for sex.”
He said that the defense team was not allowed to show the jury certain pieces of evidence that may have affected the guilty verdict.
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“There’s a lot of information that we have that the jury was not allowed to have that we think would have been impactful to their decision,” Sawyer told the Chronicle.
Stubblefield was drafted by the 49ers in 1993.
He played up until the 2004 season, and played for Washington and Oakland before retiring, according to ESPN.