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FSU quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged over sexual assault accusations, state prosecutor says

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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2013, file photo, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston warms up before an NCAA college football game against Florida in Gainesville, Fla. (AP)

Florida State QB Jameis Winston will not be charged in sexual assault investigation, State Attorney Willie Meggs announced Thursday.

The announcement followed his investigation into an incident at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012.

A woman initially told police that she was sexually assaulted by an unknown assailant — then identified Winston about five weeks later as the man who attacked her. At the time, he was a highly-regarded redshirt player for the Seminoles, but had not appeared in a game.

But Tallahassee police shelved the case in February, contending that the woman did not want to cooperate with investigators — an assertion that her attorney later disputed.

Then in November — with Winston having led Florida State to No. 2 in the polls and enjoying front-runner status in the Heisman Trophy discussion — the case took on a new urgency after multiple news agencies requested the police report. Tallahassee 

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