No Sexual Assault Charges Filed Against FSU QB Jameis Winston

The state attorney’s office in the second judicial district announced today that they will not be filing charges against Florida State University’s star quarterback Jameis Winston, after he was accused of assaulting a former female Florida State student in December 2012.

According to the state attorney, the evidence collected did not meet the burden of proof required to get a conviction.

Winston, who is in the running for the Heisman Trophy, has been under national scrutiny since rape allegations became public knowledge on Nov. 13 despite the fact that he denied assaulting the woman and had several witness statements backing his account.

According to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement report, Winston’s DNA matched a sample taken from the victim’s underwear. However, two DNA samples were apparently taken from the woman’s underwear and the state attorney could not identify the second sample.

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement Thursday, “As you might imagine, I was pleased to hear that the State Attorney’s Office exonerated Jameis in the matter. I’m not going to answer any questions about the situation, but I would like to point out that our community and our university are blessed to have really good people in place to review matters like this. I know Jameis is pleased he can focus on being a student at a great university and he’s excited about helping our team achieve its goals this year. “

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