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Jameis Winston: Rape Charges Dropped Against FSU Quarterback

Thu, December 5, 2013 3:05pm EDT by Emily Longeretta 1 Comment
Jameis Winston
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There will be no charges against Jameis Winston, State Attorney Willie Meggs announced on Dec. 5 — almost a year after he was accused of raping a student at Florida State University.

Jameis Winston, 19, was cleared from all charges at a hearing at the Leon County Courthouse in Tallahassee, Fla. A woman had previously accused Jameis of assaulting her on Dec. 7, 2012, and he was facing felony charges.

Jameis Winston Not Charged

“We have carefully examined the evidence in this case and have concluded no charges will be filed in this case,” Attorney Willie said Thursday. “We prosecute the cases that we have evidence on.”

There were “several people in the room” when the said incident occurred, the State Attorney said. The incident took place after the accuser had five to six shots at Potbelly’s with friends in Tallahassee, Fla., Investigator Laura Gereg told USA Today, recalling what the girl had told them.

Afterward, she remembered getting in a cab with a man then entering an apartment where she was raped. She ID’d the man as the FSU quarterback, Jameis, a month later.

She had said her memory was “very broken” due to the alcohol. However,  in the statement on Dec. 4, the attorney stated that there were “several people in the room” when the incident happened.

Jameis did have sex with the accuser, his attorney perviously said, but it was consensual.

While Jameis’ DNA was found on her underwear, there was also a second person’s DNA on her shorts as well — belonging to an unidentified person. Willie continued saying that the accuser’s BAC was only .04 — “not very high,” as he said.

“She acknowledged having sex with her boyfriend,” said Willie. “But she wouldn’t tell us who her boyfriend was. But being a shrewd investigator I found out.”

Jameis is now set to finish the 2013-2014 football season with the Florida State University Seminoles, who are currently No. 1. He is said to be the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy.

— Emily Longeretta