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An unidentified woman, who claims that she was raped by Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston, says that she was told by Tallahassee, Fla. police not to report the alleged assault or her life would “be made miserable.”
The family of the alleged victim recently released a statement to the Tampa Bay Times, which read: "When the attorney contacted Detective [Scott] Angulo immediately after Winston was identified, Detective Angulo told the attorney that Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.”
The family also claims that Detective Angulo refused to collect Winston's DNA or interview his roommate because it would have alerted the Heisman Trophy candidate and forced the case to go public.
The woman, who attended Florida State University, claims that Winston sexually assaulted her on Dec. 7, 2012. Her family says that a DNA sample was taken via rape kit.
ESPN reports that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed on Tuesday that a DNA sample recently provided by Winston matched the DNA sample taken from the woman’s underwear.
Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen, maintains that Winston, who has not been charged, is innocent.
Jansen said yesterday that it's no surprise the DNA is a match because Winston had consensual sex with the woman.
"We are not surprised with the results of the DNA," Jansen told USA Today. "We voluntarily submitted to a DNA. The only thing we are surprised by is it was leaked out by law enforcement. The question the people should ask is, why is it being leaked? For what purpose?"
Winston has not talked to Tallahassee police or the state attorney investigating the case. The woman’s family claims Jansen was told back in February by police that the case was "inactive."
Tallahassee Police Chief Tom Coe said Wednesday that the case was classified as "inactive" in February per the victim’s request, which the family contradicted.
“The victim was devastated when she learned late last week that the Tallahassee Police Department had informed Winston’s attorney as far back as February, which allowed him all of this time to create his defense and prepare his witnesses,” the family said in their statement. “The victim cannot fathom that the State Attorney’s Office was not given the same opportunity.”
State Attorney William Meggs says he will decide by the end of the month whether or not to press charges in the nearly-year-old case.
Florida State University (FSU) school officials are trying to stop a T-shirt that depicts the Seminoles' freshman quarterback Jameis Winston as Jesus.
The T-shirts are being sold for $20 each by an anonymous student, who has hawked 100 so far to make a $2,000 profit.
The T-shirt features a drawing of Winston's face on the body of Jesus, with a halo over his head, noted TMZ.
Winston's jersey number, "5," is illuminated on his body and above his head the T-shirt reads: "The Chosen One, 2013."
Winston has six touchdown passes and one interception in the past two games. His pass completion rate is 88.9%, which breaks down to 40 of 45 passes this year.
In addition to possible Godhood, FSU fans see Winston as a possible candidate for this year's Heisman Trophy.
The FSU Athletic Department has sent a cease and desist letter to the student who has been selling "The Chosen One" T-shirts at games.
FSU and Winston himself are not allowed to profit from the football player's image or likeness.
A Florida State University student is facing felony charges after he tried to prove a point by hacking the school’s wireless network and re-routing users to a porn site.
Benjamin Blouin, 26, said he was trying to prove that the network had security flaws.
He was arrested on March 1 for manipulating the networking and forcing users to be directed from the university’s homepage to a site featuring two men having sex, called meatspin.com.
It is unknown how long it lasted or how many users were forwarded to the video, but Blouin estimated it was about 30 minutes long.
Blouin was a computer engineering student and said it was his latest attempt to notify the school that they had dangerous security flaws in their network.
“Anybody’s identity, while they’re logged onto that network, could be at risk,” he said.
He denied that he intentionally sent people to the graphic site, saying it was a default option on a hacking “app.”
Though he was arrested, it seems the school listened to his demands.
Florida State University Panama City upgraded their networks to require users to provide a login and password for Internet access.
Blouin is pleased they have updated their security.
“That’s how it should be,” he said, after being suspended from the school. “That’s how it is on every campus.”