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Disciplinary hearing held for Darby, Casher in Winston rape case

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Florida State University officials will hear from two witnesses and the accuser in the Jameis Winston rape case as part of a school disciplinary hearing.

Florida State defensive back Ronald Darby and defensive lineman Chris Casher, both expected to be in the rotation for the Seminoles defense in 2014, could face discipline for possible violations of the school's code of conduct. Baine P. Kerr, an attorney for the accuser, indicated to ESPN.com that Winston was expected to attend the hearing.

Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen, told WCTV that the Seminoles quarterback was never notified or asked to attend Tuesday's hearing. Winston is currently with the FSU baseball team in Greensboro, N.C., for the ACC Tournament.

According to FoxSports.com, Darby and Casher could face serious punishments for their role in the events of Dec. 7, 2012.

Florida State officials this spring told Casher and Darby they face possible discipline on allegations of multiple violations of the code of conduct. Both men are accused of what amounts to sexual misconduct and invasion of privacy. And Casher is additionally accused of videotaping someone in a place in which he or she would have expected privacy. If either Casher or Darby is found to have violated the student code of conduct, he could face discipline up to expulsion from Florida State.

Winston was not charged with felony sexual assault by the state attorney, who cited a lack of evidence. In the investigation, both Darby and Casher signed sworn statements as witnesses to the sexual encounter.

 
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