Prof: Toss conviction for sexually assaulting disabled man

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Rutgers University professor is asking a New Jersey judge to throw out her conviction for sexually assaulted a disabled man. reports that 45-year-old Anna Stubblefield filed a motion seeking to either acquit her or order a new trial. She was convicted last month of aggravated sexual assault.

Stubblefield says the man consented to sexual activity by communicating through a keyboard message. She says she and the man had fallen in love.

Prosecutors challenged the method, known as facilitated communication. The 34-year-old man has cerebral palsy and is unable to speak other than making noises.

Defense attorney James Patton says the motion is based on how there was insufficient evidence to prove Stubblefield knew the man couldn’t consent.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 15.


Information from: NJ Advance Media.


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