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Confirmed: Jameis Winston is being investigated for sexual assault

TALLAHASSEE _ Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston is under investigation for sexual assault on a woman in a Tallahassee apartment last year, the university and law enforcement sources said Wednesday. 

State Attorney Willie Meggs would not confirm that the investigation is of Winston but said an 11-month-old complaint was turned over to the Leon County state attorney on Wednesday after media inquiries were made to the Tallahassee Police Department. The complaint was first reported by the online web site TMZ.
 
Police released a copy of the incident report but redacted the name of the alleged victim and listed the perpetrator as "unknown unknown." Sources confirmed Winston is the subject of the report.
 
According to the report, Winston is accused of using physical force to assault an individual on Dec. 7, 2012, at an apartment in Tallahassee.  Download HTE 12-32758
 
Winston, a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, could not be reached for comment. His lawyer, Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen said on Wednesday that no charges have been filed, the case was closed in February and Winston has denied the allegations. 

“We are cooperating with the investigation,''Jansen told the Herald/Times. "The case was closed n February and we don't know why it was reopened. We are cooperating with investigators and we hope it will be resolved quickly in favor of Mr. Winston." 

Police were called at 4:01 a.m., according to the report. Photos were taken of the alleged victim's injuries and physical evidence was collected. The victim had been drinking before the incident, the report said.
 
Winston was described in the report as "muscular" and the motive for the incident was "sexual gratification."  Winston wore a red t-shirt and jeans.
 
Officials with the Tallahassee Police Department did not return calls from the Herald/Times for a request for comment. A statement released by Officer David Northway, spokesman for the TPD, said the investigation is ongoing and the victim is cooperating with the state attorney.
 
Meggs told the Herald/Times he did not  know why it took 11 months for for the police to ask his agency to get involved in the investigation. 
 
"I don't have the answer to that,'' Meggs told the Herald/Times. "You'll have to contact the police department."
 
Jansen said Winston has not been interviewed by police or prosecutors.

The FSU athletic department said in a statement: “We are aware of a matter that was investigated by the Tallahassee Police Department almost a year ago. 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. Coach Jimbo Fisher and Jameis will be answering questions about football only until there is a resolution.”

Winston, a freshman who has led Florida State to a 9-0 record, is on FSU records as 6-4 and 235 pounds. The police report says the alleged perpetrator is between 5-9 and 5-11 and is about 240 pounds.

Winston has thrown for 2,661 yards, 26 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Miami Herald Writers Barry Jackson and Patrik Nohe contributed to this report.

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Michael Laval

The alleged suspect is described as 5'9" to 5'11" and weighing about 240 lbs. Winston is 6'4" and was listed last season as weighing 218 lbs. After 11 months, the police have never seen fit to question Winston regarding this case. What does that tell you? This is a BS story.

5Rings

Not buying all the Winston hype but this sounds like bs:

The alleged suspect is described as 5'9" to 5'11" and weighing about 240 lbs. Winston is 6'4" and was listed last season as weighing 218 lbs.

The timing seems fishy

James

Put out by Johnny football's pr thugs

Gobsby

Obviously baloney with the exclusive-hungry, unethical media being used as a tool by the parties that stand to benefit from the pseudo-scandal.

Anti-Tallahassee

I don't think I have ever seen a story about a Hurricane on this blog. Maybe the alleged bad behavior of a Hurricane is not news worthy.

Ed

This is insane. It's slander. The police report neither lists Winston as the perp nor reveal who or what these so-called "sources" are. Anyone could call the TPD and implicate someone, but to go public with those implications is insidious at best. Would be like publicly stating that Mother Teresa perpetrated the crimes of 9/11. Without DNA or multiple-witness evidence, it's all slander, as far as I can tell. The TPD and/or the alleged victim should clear Winston immediately unless they can produce evidence to the contrary. Clearly a political witch hunt.

Adam Stevens

This story can get The Herald an issue for one reason. It states that, Winston was wearing a red T-shirt and jeans, according to the police report. How does the police report state Winston was wearing that when the suspect is unknown in the report. That is libel.

Tony

Must believe TMZ this time, if you're a rival fan that is. Suspect is 7 - 9" shorter and 22 pounds heavier. I think that would make a huge difference. Let alone that, according to Tallahassee democrat, the suspect left evidence on the body. Over 11 month's ago, I think the DNA check would be back by now.

Pete Wahl

Pure unadulterated horse caca. If the Noles had a losing record, this would never even make it into print. GARBAGE!!!!!

Can't take anymore

Why did this investigation lie dormant in file cabinet at the TPD HQ for nearly a year and only come to light at the end of the season? To do maximum harm to Winston and the FSU football team? TPD is perhaps the most inept and poorly managed law enforcement agency in Florida. The chief was just pushed into retirement after a couple cops beat the hell out of a 5' 2" drunk housewife in a DUI arrest. Now they have handed this off to good old Willie Meggs. The inept State Atty who can never get a conviction on our legions of corrupt politicians. All that will happen is the destruction of Jameis Winston's reputation.

Tyler Scott

Barry Jackson and Patrik Nohe, did you two write this? It says you two "contributed to this report", whatever that means. You two shouldn't even be involved with any type of news organization. "Winston was..." and "Winston wore a red t-shirt and jeans." are two lines from this little article that show pure bias and unprofessionalism on your part. From what I have seen Winston doesn't even fit the description that the victim gave, but yet you are reporting that Winston is the person who committed the alleged crime. Barry Jackson and Patrik Nohe you two are a bunch of bums!!

skibloke

Title of article :
"Confirmed: Jameis Winston is being investigated for sexual assault"

1st sentence of the 2nd paragraph:
"State Attorney Willie Meggs would not confirm that the investigation is of Winston"

Jokers...

native Floridian

Whis is this in the "Naked Politics" blog?

ThugU

The Miami Herald is garbage. Expect a nice letter from the Winston Family attorney in the near future...and good luck in court, dirtbags.

Honest Player

Wow an FSU player committed crime. This must be the first one ever. I think he needs to change schools, I don't know say maybe his dad could take a $180k for him to play for an SEC school like I don't know say Auburn. Then the NCAA will do nothing as usual.

b.Lanier

I don't know football. I don't know this fellow.I don't this woman. But i do smell a "RAT". I am praying for this young man life. Jesus, will free him of all wrong doings,and reveal all the Judas's. Two can only intertwine. They both were there for the same purpose. It was what both wanted. At 4:00 in the morning. It reminds me of the ones who helped with the Tysons' career demise.

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