Star quarterback Jameis Winston cleared of sexual assault charges


The quarterback for the top-ranked college football team will not face sexual assault charges.

Jameis Winston, who plays for Florida State University, had been held under investigation since November after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012.

Florida state attorney Willie Meggs said Thursday there was not enough evidence for the case the go forward. reported that Meggs and his office have been investigating the case for the past three weeks, and they interviewed the accuser about two weeks ago. Last month, the sports website reported that DNA found in the woman’s underwear matched Winston’s DNA. Winston’s attorney said the star quarterback had had consensual sex with the woman. However, the woman’s attorney said Winston had raped her 19-year-old client, a former FSU student, who withdrew from classes after the allegations resurfaced in media reports last month.

The case could be reopened if new evidence is found.

Besides leading his football team to a No. 1 status in several polls, including the Bowl Championship Series standings that ultimately determine the national champion, the college sophomore is a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, the ballots for which are due Monday.