Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged in the sexual assault investigation to which he has been linked in Florida.
Florida state attorney Willie Meggs made that announcement concerning the case on Thursday afternoon.
Winston, the Heisman Trophy favorite who plays for the top-ranked college football team in the country, could have faced felony charges in the alleged sexual assault of a woman at an off-campus apartment on December 7, 2012.
Winston’s lawyer said the sexual encounter that took place was consensual. An attorney for the woman who filed the complaint against Winston contended her client was raped.
Meggs stated that Winston’s DNA was found in the woman’s underwear, but surprised the assembled media at the news conference by saying that a second man’s DNA was also discovered, and implied that the second sample belonged to the woman’s boyfriend.
Meggs said that his department had determined there was not sufficient evidence to secure an indictment.