NEWARK, NJ On Friday, Anna Stubblefield, 45, of West Orange, the former head of the Philosophy Department at Rutgers-Newark, was convicted of two counts of first degree sexual assault for raping a disabled man, according by Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray. Stubblefield faces a maximum of 40 years in New Jersey State Prison.

“This was a truly tragic case of a professor, the chair of the Philosophy Department, using her position to take advantage of a severely-disabled person to advance her own career and to satisfy her own sexual desires,” said Assistant Prosecutor Eric Plant who tried the case. “She raped a defenseless man.’’

Following a five-week trial before the Honorable Siobhan A. Teare, Judge of the Superior Court, the jury found Stubblefield guilty of sexually assaulting the victim, who is unable to speak and wears a diaper.

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The sexual assault occurred on two occasions in the spring of 2011, at Stubblefield’s campus office, where she took the victim to claiming to be helping him with his communication skills.

“She did this under the guise of the discredited method of facilitated communication that our expert, Dr. James Todd, a psychology professor at Eastern Michigan University, said, was the single most scientifically- discredited intervention in all of developmental disabilities,” said Plant.

Following the decision, Teare immediately revoked Stubblefield’s bail.

Stubblefield is currently being housed in the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 9.