The state attorney’s office in Leon County today said it has asked the Tallahassee Police Department to do “additional investigation” in the year-old case of an alleged sexual assault in which Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was named as a suspect.
“We’re the investigating body and we don’t have the information we need,” chief assistant state attorney Georgia Cappleman said. “They have to do some more work.”
Winston, a redshirt freshman who is a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, was named by a victim in an alleged sexual assault reported Dec. 7, 2012, in Tallahassee.
Tim Jansen, a Tallahassee attorney representing Winston, said Wednesday that he had been told that the case was closed.
Cappleman told The Post otherwise. “It was not closed,” she said. “Nothing was happening with it.”
Officer David Northway of the TPD confirmed in an email today to The Palm Beach Post that the investigation is not complete.
“I cannot confirm or deny any details of the case as it is active and on-going,” Northway wrote.
Cappleman said the state attorney’s office did not hear about the case until Tuesday. On Wednesday, it because public and was first reported by the entertainment-news website TMZ.com.
Cappleman said there is no timetable for the case to be returned to her office. “I don’t think it’s something that will get resolved in the next couple of days,” she said.
The police report states that a woman filed a complaint with the TPD claiming she was sexually assaulted. The report, which is heavily redacted, does not mention Winston by name and describes the suspect as a black, muscular male between 5-9 and 5-11 and weighing 240 pounds. Winston is listed at 6-4, 225 pounds.
FSU coach Jimbo Fisher declined to comment on the case when asked following Thursday’s practice, but vouched for Winston’s character. Fisher was asked if he feels the same way about Winston as he did before the allegations.
“Yes, sir. Most definitely,” he said.
Fisher said Winston had a good day of practice.
“He’s been great,” Fisher said. “He went out and practiced well and played well, eliminated the clutter as far as distractions.”
Winston has not been interviewed by police. Winston spoke with reporters for about five minutes on Wednesday after the report surfaced. He answered football-related questions only.
Jansen denied the allegations Wednesday. Jansen was surprised the case was once again being investigated, saying that he was informed “the case was closed (and) nothing has transpired since February.”
Jansen did not return phone calls Thursday.
The Seminoles’ athletics department released a statement Wednesday night that said it is aware of “a matter that was investigated by the Tallahassee Police Department almost a year ago,” but would not comment further.
The statement said there has been “no change” in Winston’s status with the university and the football team. He is expected to start Saturday’s home game against Syracuse. Florida State (9-0) is No. 2 in the BCS standings and is expected to hold onto that spot and play for the national championship on Jan. 6 in Pasadena if it wins its final three regular-season games and the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 7 in Charlotte, N.C.