( 4UMF NEWS ) Jamies Winston Investigated For Sexual Assault:
No charges have been filed against Winston, and the investigation remains active.
The complaint was filed Dec. 7, 2012, according to TPD reports. The complainant is cooperating with the State Attorney‘s Office, said Officer David Northway, spokesman for TPD.
“The case is open and active and the victim is working with the State Attorney’s Office,” Northway said.
Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen confirmed he is representing Winston.
“This case has been going on for over a year. The case was basically closed and we’re not sure why it’s opened up,” Jansen said. “We’ve been cooperating with the law enforcement agencies and we’re hoping to get a quick resolution in favor of Mr. Winston.
Jansen said Winston has not been interviewed by police or prosecutors.
Winston’s regular weekly media availability was canceled earlier today. Shortly after the incident report had been released, Florida State issued a statement that said Winston and coach Jimbo Fisher would not address the topic. After practice, Winston spoke with reporters but would only discuss football-related topics.
“We are aware of a matter that was investigated by the Tallahassee Police Department almost a year ago,” the school said in a statement. “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.”
TPD released an incident report on Wednesday in response to a request from the Tallahassee Democrat for any and all reports related to Winston.
The report, which was heavily redacted, does not mention Winston by name. It says the complaint was received at 4:01 a.m. and the alleged victim said sexual battery occurred earlier in the morning of Dec. 7, 2012, between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. The exact location was not listed, though the report says it happened at an apartment.
The incident report says the suspect is unknown. The narrative description from the investigating officer is redacted.
The incident report indicated that evidence was collected from the complainant’s body. Photos also were taken of the complainant.
She told police she had been drinking alcohol the night of the incident.
Georgia Cappleman, chief assistant state attorney, said she can’t discuss the case because it’s an open investigation.
In a news release sent this evening, Northway said TPD had received several requests from local and national media about the complaint of a sexual battery.
“The case was assigned to the Special Victims Unit,” Northway said. “TPD is continuing its investigation and has consulted with the State Attorney as to the direction of the case.”
The Democrat on Wednesday morning requested police reports involving Winston. Throughout the day, TPD officials said they were redacting documents in response to the request. At 4:59 p.m., Northway sent an email to a Democrat reporter containing the incident report. Minutes later the police department released the incident report, without reference to Winston, to other media.
- Report: Winston investigated for sexual assault (cbssports.com)
- Florida State QB Jameis Winston Investigated for Sexual Assault (tmz.com)