Fans of the No.1-ranked Florida State Seminoles are breathing a collective sigh of relief after the State Attorney indicated Thursday that star quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged in a rape investigation, according to CNN.
In declining prosecution of the Heisman Trophy contender, the accuser's recollection of events during the alleged December 2012 incident was called into question. The victim accused Winston of raping her after she had been drinking with friends at a Tallahassee bar, said Willie Meggs, the state attorney for the 2nd Judicial Circuit, which includes Leon County and Tallahassee.
"We have a duty as prosecutors to only file ... charges if we have a reasonable likelihood of a conviction," he said. "We did not feel we could meet that burden."
Meggs further stated that investigators did not even have probable cause to arrest Winston, which requires a low standard of proof.
Following the State Attorney's decision not to criminally charge Jameis Winston in the sexual assault probe, Florida State University released a statement from school president Dr. Eric J. Barron.
Florida State University has a primary purpose to educate young people while enabling them to hone their skills and develop their gifts so they can become productive citizens. It is also our responsibility to treat students fairly and provide appropriate support.
Recent weeks have provided a painful lesson, as we have witnessed harmful speculation and inappropriate conjecture about this situation and the individuals involved. As a result, we have all been hurt.
A respect for the principle of due process is essential to the integrity of our community. Our commitment to each and every one of our students is unwavering and will remain our priority.
Eric J. Barron
President, Florida State University
The prosecutor's findings, which Meggs said would be available to the media in a report within 24 hours, will demonstrate there was no indication Winston ever sexually assaulted the woman, the prosecutor said.
"When you see the report, you'll see all the answers," Meggs told reporters.