Florida State QB Jameis Winston will not be charged in sexual assault
Florida State QB Jameis Winston will not be charged in sexual
assault investigation, State Attorney Willie Meggs announced
The announcement followed his investigation into an incident at
an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012.
A woman initially told police that she was sexually assaulted by
an unknown assailant — then identified Winston about five
weeks later as the man who attacked her. At the time, he was a
highly-regarded redshirt player for the Seminoles, but had not
appeared in a game.
But Tallahassee police shelved the case in February, contending
that the woman did not want to cooperate with investigators —
an assertion that her attorney later disputed.
Then in November — with Winston having led Florida State
to No. 2 in the polls and enjoying front-runner status in the
Heisman Trophy discussion — the case took on a new urgency
after multiple news agencies requested the police report.
Tallahassee police turned the case over to Meggs, and his office
launched a new investigation.
In recent weeks, Meggs has said that his investigators were
conducting interviews and having laboratory tests conducted as part
of their investigation. And he has also said it was unusual that
his office was not informed about the case back in the early stages
of the investigation.
Winston, 19, has led Florida State to three big wins while at
the center of a media storm.
Most recently, the discovery of his DNA on evidence collected at
the time of the alleged assault was greeted as no surprise by his
attorney, Tim Jansen. He said Winston and the woman had a
The woman’s attorney, Patricia Carroll, fired back with a
statement that said there was nothing consensual about the
encounter — that it was a rape.
Tim Jansen, Winston’s attorney, has planned a press
conference for 7 p.m. Thursday — just 45 minutes before the
Seminoles are scheduled to leave to Charlotte. And he has said that
Winston will be there and will make a statement.
Florida State trustee Leslie Pantin said Wednesday night that he
and other members of the school’s governing board had not
been briefed on Meggs’ decision.