Professor convicted of sexually assaulting disabled man

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Posted: Oct 02, 2015 3:58 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Rutgers University professor accused of sexually assaulting a disabled man she said consented through a keyboard message has been convicted.

A jury in New Jersey returned the guilty verdict on two counts of aggravated sexual assault against Anna Stubblefield on Friday.

Stubblefield said during the trial the man consented to the sexual activity in her office by communicating through assisted typing on a keyboard.

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.

Stubblefield is being held in the Essex County jail. She's scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 9.

The 45-year-old Stubblefield faces up to 40 years in prison.

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This story has been corrected to show the verdict was returned Friday, not Thursday.