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Report: Decision whether to charge Jameis Winston weeks away

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Leon County (Fla.) State Attorney Willie Meggs says his office not aware of a Jameis Winston investigation until Wednesday.

It likely will be weeks before state prosecutors decide whether Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will face charges stemming from a sexual-battery report filed nearly a year ago, The Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat reported Thursday afternoon on its website.

Leon County Chief Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman told the newspaper a weeks-long time frame was "probably realistic" for the office to conduct its investigation of the allegations related to the Dec. 7, 2012, complaint filed with Tallahassee police.

Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs told the Democrat his office had no knowledge of the case until Wednesday. "I have made our office available to do whatever needs to be done," he said. "We will try to come to the right and just resolution in this case, wherever it leads us."

Cappleman told the Democrat she didn't know what caused police to refer the case to the State Attorney's Office this week. Cappleman said she was told by police officials that they delayed referring the case because the complainant didn't want to pursue charges. Cappleman also told the Democrat that her office has been in communication with the complainant and her attorney, who also is her aunt.

Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen, told media outlets Wednesday that he had been informed in February that the case had been closed. Jansen also said Winston, who denies any wrongdoing, has not been interviewed by police or prosecutors.

Winston is expected to start Saturday for the second-ranked Seminoles when they play host to Syracuse.

TPD released an incident report on Wednesday. The report, which was heavily redacted, does not mention Winston by name and says the suspect is unknown. The incident report describes the suspect as between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11. Winston is 6-4.

The incident report indicated that evidence was collected from the complainant's body.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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