Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) leaves the field after the Seminoles' game Nov. 23 against Idaho at Doak Campbell Stadium.
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Tallahassee, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston
has been cleared of sexual assault charges.
State attorney Willie Meggs made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
Reports initially surfaced in November that Winston was under investigation
for a sexual assault that occurred in a Tallahassee apartment in December of
2012. Prosecutors weren't made aware of the investigation for 11 months.
Earlier on Thursday, search warrants were released that revealed the alleged
victim and her friends had shots at a bar and her "memory is very broken from
that point forward." She recalled being in a cab with a man and going into an
apartment before she was raped before the suspect dressed her, put her on a
scooter and dropped her off at an intersection.
Family of the victim have been critical of the way the Tallahassee police
department has handled the investigation. The case was placed on inactive
status in February after the police said the alleged victim didn't wish to
prosecute. However, the victim's attorney, Patricia Carroll, denies that
Winston, 19, set ACC freshman records with 3,490 passing yards and 35
touchdowns this season. He was named the conference player of the year on
Wednesday and is expected to be finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
Florida State is 12-0 this season, ranked first in the BCS standings and takes
on Duke in the ACC Championship Game on Saturday night. A win would likely
secure a berth in the BCS championship game.
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