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

Thursday.

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

consensual encounter.

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.