College football: Probe into Florida State’s Winston flawed, report says

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Questions persist about how Florida State and the Tallahassee Police Department handled rape accusations involving Jameis Winston.

A New York Times report highlights flaws in the investigation of the rape case involving Winston, Florida State’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. The state attorney’s office continues to question police actions during the Winston investigation, and many took issue with the way both police and the university handle rape accusations. The Timesalso reported another woman sought counseling after a sexual encounter with Winston but did not accuse him of rape.

“I believe that Mr. Winston cannot be convicted,” Georgia Cappleman, the chief assistant state attorney, told the Times. “I don’t necessarily believe that he’s innocent.”

Florida State responded to the report by defending how it handled the Winston case and its treatment of sexual assault victims, and called the Times report “misleading.”

Winston was accused of rape by a former freshman in December 2012, although the accusation did not become public knowledge until November 2013. The state attorney’s office did not file charges against Winston, citing a lack of sufficient evidence to pursue a case.

The detective handling the case, Scott Angulo, waited two months to write his first report, according to the Times.

— Orlando Sentinel

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