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Jameis Winston: DNA Proves He Had Sex With Woman Accusing Him of Rape

Friday, 22 Nov 2013 03:15 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Jameis Winston, Florida State University's star quarterback, had sex with the woman accusing him of raping her late last year, investigators confirmed this week after matching his DNA with biological material found in the woman's underwear.

It was revealed last week that Winston is at the center of a sexual battery case dating back to last December. The 19-year-old, who is reportedly a Heisman Trophy contender, has yet to be charged by the local prosecutor's office.

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On Thursday, the quarterback's attorney responded to the revelation, claiming that his client had consensual sex with the accuser, an FSU student, who has since left the school fearing the repercussion her charge could have at the institution.

"I don't think it's a secret what the defense is when I tell you that we are not surprised his DNA was found," Winston's defense attorney Tim Jansen said during a press conference on Thursday. "We anticipated it would be found. We never, ever said he wasn't there."

Jansen refused to say whether or not his client knew the accuser prior to Dec. 7, when the alleged assault took place, saying only that Winston would be exonerated when all is said and done, USA Today reported.

Jansen has since submitted two affidavits from witnesses, both of whom are FSU football players, that corroborate Winston's version of what happened the night of the alleged sexual assault, ESPN.com reported.

The identity of Winston's accuser has not been released. Her attorney, Patricia Carroll, has pushed back against accusations that her client's motivation for the claim was financial gain.

"It is absolutely untrue," Carroll told ESPN. "This is a victim of rape, which occurred on Dec. 7."

"She's not someone with any interest in ruining the football team," Carroll added. "If this victim was interested in notoriety, why would she have not taken any action all this time? Anyone with a brain can see that. It's ludicrous. It only came out when someone from the press got ahold of this. It's really ruined her life. There's no benefit in this to her whatsoever. She's a good girl, and this is a nightmare. She was trying to move on with her life, and there was no benefit to her."

On Wednesday the accuser's family released a statement sharply criticizing the Tallahassee police department, which they allege initially warned the FSU student that Tallahassee was a ''big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him (Winston) because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.''

Florida State Attorney William Meggs discussed the DNA disclosure with ESPN on Wednesday.

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"I'm not stupid," Meggs told ESPN. "It is a young man whose life is in a fish bowl right now. I think about that. There's also a young girl whose life has been turned upside down and her life will never be the same, either. We look at it and say, 'Which one of those is most important?' Both. It is a search for the truth and the truth is kind of elusive sometimes."

Presently No. 2 in the BCS standings, the FSU Seminoles will be playing at home against Idaho this Saturday. If Winston is charged with sexual assault, a felony, he will be prevented from playing on the team, the New York Daily News reported.

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