Tallahassee police released a heavily redacted two-page report when the Jameis Winston sexual assault allegation surfaced.
Thursday, TPD posted 86 pages worth of their investigation online.
The accuser states she went home with someone she didn’t know who took advantage of her. The next day she reported it to FSUPD who passed it on to TPD. Police then requested her phone records the day of the December 7, 2012.
On January 10, 2013, the accuser called TPD saying she believed the suspect was Jameis Winston.
TPD then submitted DNA evidence for the accuser on January 17, 2013 to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. That information came back in February and March.
Next, the head investigator said: “This case was left in suspended status because probable cause could not be established, given the conflicting statements between what the victim told her friends and what was reported to police.”
The case was reopened by what appears to be a media inquiry: “On November 12, 2013, we were made aware that a media source was inquiring about the investigation…”
TPD then let the state attorney’s office know, in case they too started to receive requests for information.
“After discussing the case at length, I was asked by ASA Cappleman to send her the reports relating to the case.”
Here’s the statement from Interim TPD Chief Tom Coe:
“Those reports document that our department took the case seriously, processed evidence and conducted an investigation based on information available at that time,” he said.
“The reports also show that, while the victim was unwilling to move forward with charges at that time, all evidence was preserved in the event she was willing to move forward at a later date.”
We also heard from the accuser’s attorney. Her office released this statement from the family:
“The victim and her family appreciate the state attorney’s efforts in attempting to conduct a proper investigation after an inordinate delay by the Tallahassee Police Department.”
“The victim has grave concerns that her experience, as it unfolded in the public eye and through social media, will discourage other victims of rape from coming forward and reporting.”