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Report: Second woman ‘sought counseling’ after sexual encounter with Jameis Winston

Jameis WinstonThe New York Times released a lengthy report on Wednesday that dives deeper into the Jameis Winston sexual assault investigation. In short, it gives us a better understanding of what a poor job the Tallahassee Police Department did when Winston’s accuser first came forward.

No one really knows if Winston is guilty or innocent. What we do know is that it was determined there was not enough evidence to file a charge against the Florida State star. You can thank the TPD’s incompetence for that. We’ll get into that later, but let’s first look at a second woman who claimed she had a disturbing sexual encounter with Winston.

According to the Times, prosecutors said a second woman “sought counseling” after having a sexual encounter with Winston about a month before the rape accusation went public.

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Report: FSU investigated Jameis Winston case, he didn’t cooperate

Jameis WinstonJameis Winston was never charged with sexual assault late last year after he was accused of raping a woman on Dec. 7, 2012. The state attorney determined that there was not enough evidence against Winston to file a charge, and he later went on to lead Florida State to a BCS National Championship. But is he out of the woods?

According to a report Deadspin published on Thursday, Florida State has conducted its own independent investigation of the incident with what is called a Title IX investigation. As a result, FSU players Chris Casher and Ronald Darby were recently charged with five violations of the school’s code of conduct. Winston, however, is not facing any sanctions from the university.

Casher and Darby both gave signed affidavits to legal investigators heavily supporting the notion that Winston’s alleged victim was a willing participant. Both said they watched Winston having sex with his accuser and Casher admitted to filming the act on his cell phone. He said he later deleted the video.

As a result, Casher and Darby face FSU charges of “conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for another person” and “acts that invade the privacy of another person.” Casher is also charged with “recording images without consent.”

So why have Casher and Darby been charged by the school but not Winston? Because Jameis didn’t say anything. According to Deadspin’s source, Winston was called to a meeting with FSU dean of students Jeanine Ward-Roof and others in January. Winston said at the meeting that his legal team advised him to say nothing.

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Jameis Winston accuser filing civil suit against Winston, Tallahassee Police

Jameis WinstonThe woman who accused Jameis Winston of raping her plans to file civil suits against the Florida State quarterback and Tallahassee Police Department, her attorney told ABC News. They may also sue the school, she said.

“The family is proceeding, with civil action against the TPD and Jameis Winston. And possibly the university,” attorney Pat Carroll told ABC News.

Carroll told ABC that she wants “heads to roll.” She claims TPD was negligent in the way they handled the case and that their work led the prosecutor to drop the case.

In December, Tallahassee Police Chief Tom Coe said in a statement that his department “took the case seriously, processed evidence and conducted an investigation based on information available at that time.”

The accuser first filed her complaint with the police on Dec. 7, 2012. The case was considered open-active for a few months while it was investigated, but it was changed to open-inactive a few months later. The case was moved to active in November after new information emerged (or after media began pushing them, depending on what you believe).

[Everything you need to know about the Jameis Winston rape case]

Florida’s state attorney Willie Meggs said that November was the first he’d heard about the case. After conducting an investigation, Meggs announced last month that they decided not to file any charges against Winston.

The accuser left school last semester and reportedly has been warned by the school to stay away to protect her safety.

Jameis Winston accuser’s lawyer says Chris Casher destroyed evidence

Jameis WinstonThe Florida state attorney’s office did not find enough evidence to file charges against Jameis Winston after he was accused of raping a 19-year-old woman, but that does not mean the Florida State quarterback is totally out of the woods. The case could, in theory, be reopened at some point if new information is obtained.

On Friday morning, the attorney for Winston’s accuser, Patricia Carroll, said that the Tallahassee Police Department conducted “an investigation of a rape victim, not an investigation of a rape suspect.” Carroll added that the investigation was a failure that resulted from Winston being on the FSU football team. She also called for an independent investigation of the case.

In addition, TMZ reported on Friday that Carroll is claiming Winston’s teammate Chris Casher destroyed evidence related to the investigation. Casher, an FSU defensive end, told police that Winston engaged in consensual sex with the accuser. He stated in an incident report that he and another FSU player watched through a doorway as Winston and the woman engaged in sexual activity. Casher also admitted that he tried to videotape the two using his cell phone but the accuser spotted him and told him to leave.

Therein lies the problem, according to Carroll. The report states that Casher “tried” to videotape Winston and the woman, which could mean he didn’t actually get any footage. However, Carroll claims Casher broke the law by secretly videotaping her client and later destroyed evidence by deleting it. Carroll reportedly said investigators ignored Casher’s illegal activity, which contributed to their mishandling of the case.

The main issue for investigators was the presence of inconsistencies in the accuser’s testimony. Those inconsistencies will likely present problems no matter what angle Carroll tries to pursue.

Reporter asks if Jameis Winston accuser has Alabama affiliation (Video)

Tim Jansen attorneyWas the Jameis Winston sexual assault accusation just a conspiracy from Alabama fans looking to derail Florida State’s football season? That’s what one reporter wanted to know.

During Thursday’s press conference to announce that Winston would not be charged in the alleged sexual assault case, one reporter asked Winston’s attorney Tim Jansen whether the victim’s family had an affiliation with Alabama. Seriously.

“Do they have any affiliation whatsoever with the University of Alabama?” the reporter asked.

So there you have it. Some people really think women bring forward rape charges because they want to screw up a team’s football season.

Video via Tim Burke

Chris Casher affidavit: Jameis Winston accuser was ‘more than willing participant’

The signed affidavits from witnesses Chris Casher and Ronald Darby heavily support the notion that Jameis Winston did not sexually assault his accuser.

Casher, a defensive end on the Florida State football team, and Darby, a defensive back, both provided signed affidavits declaring their side of what they saw the night the woman says she was raped.

Both men said the accuser was not intoxicated. Both said the accuser appeared to be a willing participant. They both said that due to Winston’s door to his bedroom being broken, they could look inside the room and see what was going on.

Chris CasherIn his affidavit, Casher (pictured right) depicts the accuser as a jersey chaser who was interested in football players, followed them out of the club, virtually invited herself over to their place, and had sex with Jameis. He even says after they were done having sex, they were talking in a friendly manner.

You can read his affidavit below:

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Jameis Winston accuser told police she had five cups of vodka, shot at bar

Jameis WinstonThe woman who accused Jameis Winston of sexual assault had a difficult time recalling the events of the night she says she was raped.

In her initial statement to police, the woman could not recall how she met the suspect. She did not remember if the person wore a condom. She said she did not remember dressing herself.

Why did the woman have difficulty remembering so much? She was seemingly drunk.

A Tallahassee Police Department report states that the alleged victim told police she had about five cups of vodka and a shot at the bar — Potbelly’s.

When Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs announced that Winston would not be charged with sexual assault, he said he didn’t know if they would reach the burden of conviction if they went forward with charges.

“We have a duty as prosecutors to determine if each case has a reasonable likelihood of conviction,” Meggs said. “After reviewing the facts in this case, we do not feel that we can reach those burdens.”

They say her ability to recall details from the night in question was a problem.

At another point in the documents, it states that the woman hit her head and had trouble remembering things.

In his affidavit, one of the witnesses, Ronald Darby, states that “the female did not appear intoxicated.” In his statement, witness Chris Casher, a DE on the Seminoles football team, stated the accuser “was not intoxicated.” He also says that the accuser gave him her phone number and virtually invited herself to their apartment.

“She was not slurring or stumbling,” Casher said in his statement.

The accuser’s blood alcohol level was .040 the night of the encounter. There was no evidence of any drugs having been in her system.