Jameis Winston under investigation in connection with sexual assault, report says

November 14, 2013

(Steven Cannon / AP)

One of the top college football players in the country, Florida State’s Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston, is part of an investigation into a complaint of a sexual assault in Tallahassee last December.

No charges were filed and Winston has not been interviewed by police, his attorney, Tim Jansen, told ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.

“It was closed in February and it was then handed over to the state attorney today,” Jansen said. “We’ve been cooperating with them and we’ve supplied them with witness affidavits. We hope this case will be resolved quickly in Mr. Winston’s favor.”

The complaint, filed last Dec. 7, remains “open and active and the victim is working with the State Attorney’s Office,” David Northway, spokesman for the Tallahassee Police Department told ESPN.

Jansen told USA Today that he had been told by police in February that the case was closed. But William Meggs, state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee, confirmed his office had received an incident report Wednesday.

“We learned about the police report for the first time today,” Meggs said. ” … I think the police department would have to tell you why I didn’t learn about it for the first time until today.”

The Tallahassee police said in a statement that it “has received several requests from local and national media for a case TPD received on December 7th, 2012, of an alleged sexual battery. The case was assigned to the Special Victims Unit. TPD is continuing its investigation and has consulted with the State Attorney as to the direction of the case. A copy of the original report is attached to this email, which has been redacted to meet the requirements of Florida Statute 119.” According to ESPN, it does not name Winston and describes a perpetrator who is five inches shorter than the quarterback.

Winston’s status with the team, which is 9-0 and second in the Bowl Championship Series standings, and the school remains the same. “We are aware of a matter that was investigated by the Tallahassee Police Department almost a year ago,” FSU said in a statement. “Because the investigation has not been closed by TPD, we cannot comment further at this time. We look forward to a speedy resolution of the issue. There is no change in Jameis Winston’s status.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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