Jameis Winston, the #1 ranked Florida State University Seminoles quarterback, will not be charged with rthe rape of a woman who claimed that the Heisman Trophy candidate sexually assaulted her one year ago.
The announcement came Thursday.
State Attorney Willie Meggs said the woman is no longer asble to remember the details of the events as they happened in December 2012, and that her inability to recall was the major factor in declining to presecute
He stressed that it was "not inconsistencies" in her story, but "lack of memory.” that made it impossible to prosecute. Without her accurate recall, Meggs said, police did not even have probable cause for an arrest.
The woman initially told investigators that on December 7, 2012 she and some friends had been drinking at a bar named Potbelly’s. She said she somehow ended up in the ground-floor of an apartment where a man removed her clothes and had sex with her, although she objected. She could not remember leaving the bar or how she got to the apartment. This is typical of victims of the "date rape drug" Rohipnol, more commonly known as "Roofies."
About a month later, the woman accused Winston of sexually assaulting her. Prosecutors say shortly afterwards, though, in February, 2013, she broke off contact with investigators, reportedly saying she didn’t want to proceed with the case. The woman's family, however, told reporters she never told investigators that.
The DNA found on the woman's underwear was compared to that of Winston, and it matched. Winston's attorney, Timothy Jansen, said Winston did have sex with the woman but that it was consensual.
The announcement was immediately met with charges that the case is not being prosecuted because Tallahassee is a “big football town,” and Winston is a local football hero. Meggs responded, saying the decison was not political, and that prosecutors did not feel they could prove that the sexual act that admittedly took place was a “forceful act” or not.
Meggs asked reporters to wait and see the final report of the investigation.
“When you see the report, you’ll see all the answers,” he said.
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(AP) – Florida State’s Jameis Winston describes the football field as a safe place for him. The Heisman Trophy candidate continues to put any distractions from an ongoing sexual assault investigation aside when he steps on the field, though he is still waiting to learn if he will be charged. Winston helped second-ranked Florida State roll to an 80-14 win against Idaho last Saturday.