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Lack of cooperation held up Winston case

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 10:53 a.m. CST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A top Tallahassee official said that an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston was placed on hold for months because the alleged victim decided she did not want to press charges.

One of the lingering questions surrounding the case involving the Heisman Trophy candidate for the No. 2 ranked Seminoles is why it took 11 months for Tallahassee police to hand over information about the alleged December 2012 assault to local prosecutors.

City Manager Anita Favors Thompson, saying that she anticipated national news media interest because of Winston’s celebrity, emailed the information to the Tallahassee mayor and city commissioners on Nov. 12.

The Tallahassee Democrat first reported the existence of the email, which The Associated Press later obtained.