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No Charges to be Filed Against FSU Quarterback Jameis Winston

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There will be no charges against Florida State football star Jameis Winston.

For a month, the allegation of rape against Winston rocked Florida and college football.

According to the police report, the accuser says she was raped in December 2012. It took her a month to identify Winston but when she did, her attorney says she was warned by law enforcement officials that Tallahassee was "a big football town" and that she needed to think "long and hard" about a complaint because her life would be "made miserable."

After today's announcement, Winston's attorney said his client was happy - and maintains he didn't do anything criminal.

Winston and Florida State are riding a wave of success. Yesterday he was named conference player of the year and he's a top contender for the Heisman Trophy.

And this week the Seminoles took the top ranking in college football - for the first time in 13 years. If Winston had been charged with a felony he would have been ineligible to play, a potential major blow to Florida State's quest for a national championship.

Law enforcement officials insisted football wasn't a factor in the decision to not press charges.

The criminal case is over, but there is still the potential for the accuser to file a civil suit.

Winston's accuser said in a statement today that she has grave concerns that her experience will discourage other victims of rape from coming forward.