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FSU QB Winston investigated in sexual assault complaint

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Nov 14 2013 11:27:10 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 14 2013 11:45:36 AM CST
Florida State QB Jameis Winston, November 2013

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is enjoying a stellar freshman season on the field. Off the field, potential trouble exists.

The Tallahassee Police Department has an open case regarding an allegation of sexual assault made against Winston last year, the Tallahassee Democrat reported Wednesday.

The allegation was made Dec. 7, 2012, while Winston was sitting out a redshirt season.

"The case is open and active and the victim is working with the State Attorney's Office," Tallahassee Police Department Officer David Northway told the Democrat.

Winston and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher refused comment on the report.

The school issued a statement that read: "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."

Attorney Tim Jansen, who said he represents Winston, told the newspaper, "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. We've been cooperating with the law enforcement agencies and we're hoping to get a quick resolution in favor of Mr. Winston."

According to the complaint, the incident took place early on Dec. 7, 2012, at an apartment. However, the redacted report received by the newspaper describes the accused as a man who might not fit Winston's build. The report mentions a black, muscular male between 5-foot-9 and 5-11 and 240 pounds. According to Florida State's media materials, Winston is 6-4, 228 pounds.

With Winston leading the way, Florida State (9-0) is ranked No. 2 in the country. Winston has completed 166 of 240 passes for 2,661 yards. He has 26 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. Winston also has three rushing touchdowns.

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