While the state investigation of a December 2012 sexual battery complaint involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston continues, on Tuesday we learned details about the situation -- in particular the young woman who filed the complaint with the Tallahassee Police Department.
According to emails obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat, the investigation came to a halt when the complainant decided she did not want to press charges. The case was considered "open-active" from Dec. 7, 2012 until Feb. 2013; when it was considered "open-inactive." The case was re-opened and handed over to the State Attorney's office last week.
Many of the latest developments come from an email sent Nov. 12 by City Manager Anita Favors Thompson to City Commissioners.
In the email, Favors Thompson said the Tallahassee Police Department followed up on the case referred to it by Florida State University police "against FSU football player Jameis Winston” by a woman who indicated she was intoxicated at a local bar and was taken advantage of while impaired. TPD initiated an investigation and began to interview witnesses and compile details on the case, but stopped getting responses from the woman and could no longer contact her.
"Shortly thereafter a representative of the young woman's family who is an attorney contacted TPD and said the young woman had changed her mind and did not wish to prosecute,” the email said.
Favors Thompson was updating commissioners about media requests TPD officials had received for the police report that she expected to “have national media impact."
The city not only alerted commissioners, but also the office of FSU President Eric Barron, the FSU police chief and the woman's attorney.
"The young woman has been contacted as a courtesy to advise her that this information has been requested," Favors Thompson wrote.
There's a lot of good information uncovered by the Tallahassee Democrat, so I encourage you to check it out if you every single new detail.
Another interesting development comes in the requirements for a case to be re-opened. To this point, it was believed that media inquiries from TMZ and the Tampa Bay Times triggered the review. However, the Tallahassee Democrat reports that media inquiries alone cannot re-open a case, meaning some new piece of information must have been discovered.
"Someone integrally involved has (to have) given us a new piece of information," a Tallahassee Police Department spokesman told the Democrat. "It has to be someone involved in the case (who) provides a lead to reactivate it."
For more on the Winston allegations, check out Jeremy Fowler discussing the reporting of the case on Tuesday's edition of the Tim Brando Show.