Monday May 2nd, 2016

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Former San Francisco 49er defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield was charged Monday with the rape of a “developmentally delayed” woman, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

The 45-year-old retired football player sexually assaulted the victim in April of last year at his home in Morgan Hill, Calif., where the woman was present to interview for a babysitting job. 

“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.”

Stubblefiled is charged with five felony counts related to assault and faces a “substantial prison sentence” if convicted, according to a press release from the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office. 

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, played 11 seasons in the NFL. He was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, finishing his year season with 10.5 sacks, and was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1997. 

 

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