Florida State has today decided to take out a school investigation of Jameis Winston regarding the alleged rape of a fellow student at Florida State University, according to reports.
The allegations relate to an incident in 2012 that resulted in a female student reporting her allegations of rape to the police in December of that year.
But a massive amount of time has passed, and Winston was cleared of the rape charges by the local police department, so why does he need to face further probing?
The main reason is that the local investigation from the Tallahassee police department is widely seen as a joke. Some say that he was let off from those charges because of an ineptitude and lack of vigor from the department to properly investigate the case.
But just because he was let off by police doesn't give FSU the excuse to wait a whole 21 months to go this far with their own investigation. But it is only after severe pressure from the alleged victim's representatives that the story has developed to this.
"They assured us that the Title IX process was going to move forward," John Clune told USA Today, a Title IX attorney representing the woman. "The interview went pretty well. I think it was a positive experience, and everyone felt like the university was taking it very seriously."
Charges to be brought
It has never been confirmed that FSU has even interviewed Winston regarding the claims, and Clune believes that now code of conduct charges have to be brought against Winston.
"We expect that there will be code of conduct charges that will be brought," he continued. "There's no basis not to bring those charges now."
According to Baine Kerr, a Title IX attorney for the woman, FSU had initially suspended its investigation because Winston had refused to answer questions.
But now that FSU officials have actually interviewed the woman, which took place in August, it seems that this story is going to run and run in the next weeks and months.
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