No charges for FSU QB Jameis Winston

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  • The star Florida State football player won't face charges in connection with alleged sexual assault from December 2012
  • Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs: 'No charges will be filed against anyone in this case'
No charges for FSU QB Jameis Winston

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Star in a storm: Who is FSU's Jameis Winston?

Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston will not face charges in connection with an alleged sexual assault almost a year ago.

Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs announced Thursday the investigation into the allegations against the Heisman Trophy hopeful is closed.

"We've carefully examined all the evidence in this case and have concluded that no charges will be filed against anyone in this case," said Meggs.

Meggs also said the timing and length of the investigation has not "been driven by any Heisman demands or football schedules."

The woman told investigators she was drinking with friends at a bar called Potbelly's last December, and her friends left her after she consumed five to six shots, according to a search warrant obtained by police.

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She also said, after consuming the alcohol, her memory became "very broken," but she remembers being in a ground-floor apartment where a man took off her clothes and had sex with her despite her telling him to stop and trying to fight him off. 

Last month, a statement released from the alleged victim accused Winston of rape. “To be clear, the victim did not consent. This was rape," reads the statement released by the accuser's family.

Tim Jansen, Winston’s attorney, has told reporters the sex was consensual and that his client's DNA was found on the clothing of the woman.

In a statement Thursday, Winston thanked his supporters. "It's been difficult to stay silent through this process, but I never lost faith in the truth and in who I am. I'm very relieved I'll be able to continue my education at Florida State and I'm excited I can now get back to helping our team achieve its goals." 

The story made national headlines in November when several media outlets submitted Freedom of Information requests for the criminal complaint filed against Winston about a year ago.

Interim Tallahassee Police Chief Tom Coe also released a statement Thursday, saying that more answers surrounding the case would be forthcoming. 

“The police reports that we can now release, because the case is closed, contain details of our investigation and facts of the case. Those reports document that our department took the case seriously, processed evidence and conducted an investigation based on information available at that time," Coe said. "The reports also show that, while the victim was unwilling to move forward with charges at that time, all evidence was preserved in the event she was willing to move forward at a later date."

Jansen has called into question the timing of the media coverage of the case, which has coincided with Florida State's most successful football season in years, and a push for the nation's top individual accolade for Winston. However, the accuser’s family has said they never leaked information about the case to the media.

The Heisman Trophy is awarded each December to the best college football player in the country. Winston has had a banner year, throwing for 28 touchdowns.

The Florida State Seminoles will face the Duke Blue Devils for the ACC title this Saturday. The team is also in the hunt to play in the national championship.

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