For release on July 27, 2020
Deputy District Attorney
Sexual Assault Unit
Former Professional Football Player Convicted of Rape
Former professional football player Dana Stubblefield was convicted today with rape, after he lured a developmentally disabled woman to his home with a promise of a job.
Stubblefield, 49, sexually assaulted the victim in April of 2015. She was assaulted at the defendant’s home in Morgan Hill, where she had been asked to come to interview to be a babysitter.
After a nine-month trial, Stubblefield was found guilty of rape by force, oral copulation by force and false imprisonment. The jury also found that he used a gun in the assault. Stubblefield was found not guilty of the rape of a person incapable of giving consent, and oral copulation of a person incapable of giving consent. After the verdict, he was remanded to jail without bail, pending sentencing. He faces 15-years-to-life in prison.
District Attorney Rosen said: “This was a triumph of resilience. 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? It has been a long road for this remarkable woman and we are thankful to the jury for providing her some closure and, for our community, justice after an unconscionable and violent crime.”
On the afternoon of April 9, the victim, 31 at the time, traveled to Stubblefield’s home after he contacted her through a babysitter website.
After the assault, the victim immediately went to the Morgan Hill Police Department to report the crime.