Press Rape Charges
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.