Jameis Winston Will Not Be Charged With Sexual Assault [Details]
Rucuss staffDecember 5, 2013
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexual assault or any other crime.
Nearly one year after Winston was accused of rape by a female FSU student, state attorney Willie Meggs has decided not to charge the Heisman Trophy favorite. Meggs announced the move during a press conference Thursday at the Leon County Courthouse.
“We have carefully examined all the evidence in this case and have concluded that no charges will be filed against anyone in this case,” Meggs said.
Winston had faced felony charges after being accused of sexually assaulting the woman at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012. Last month, the alleged victim said that Winston raped her and that police discouraged her from pursuing charges against him.
Winston’s DNA was also reportedly found on the accuser’s underwear, but Winston’s attorney claimed his client had consensual sex with the 19-year old woman.
“We have a duty as prosecutors to determine if each case has a reasonable likelihood of conviction,” Meggs said. “After reviewing the facts in this case, we do not feel that we can reach those burdens.”
The accuser allegedly told police that she had five or six shots of alcohol that night and that her “memory is very broken from that point forward.” She claimed that she remembered being in a cab with a black man and taken back to an apartment, where the man began to rape her. The 19-year-old said another man entered the room and told the man who was having sex with her — who she later identified as Winston — to stop. She said the two went to the bathroom “where he completed the act.”
The accuser’s blood alcohol level was .040 the night of the encounter. There was no evidence of any drugs having been in her system. Meggs said that the state attorney’s office did not consider charging the accuser with filing a false report.
Meggs revealed that while Winston’s DNA was present in the sexual assault kit, the DNA of another male was also found, complicating the investigation. That person was identified as the accuser’s boyfriend, and he was not associated with the complaint, Meggs said.
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