The family of the woman who has identified Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston as the man who sexually battered her in December issued a statement Wednesday criticizing the Tallahassee Police Department for its handling of the case.
The statement says that on Dec. 7, 2012, the woman was raped by an unknown person. The woman immediately reported it to law enforcement and cooperated with all requests from officers, the letter says.
In early January, the woman identified Winston as the attacker, the letter says. The family became concerned that she "would be targeted on campus" and requested help from an attorney friend, the letter says. The attorney contacted TPD Detective Scott Angulo.
"When the attorney contacted Detective Angulo immediately after Winston was identified, Detective Angulo told the attorney that Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable."
The family provided the statement to the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday, and the Tallahassee Democrat obtained its own copy. The family's name is not referenced in the letter. The Democrat does not identify victims of sexual assault.
The alleged victim is from the Tampa Bay area, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Winston has not been arrested or charged with a crime. Winston's attorney has said he is innocent.
Also in the statement: Angulo refused to collect Winston's DNA or interview his roommate, a possible witness in the case, because doing so would alert Winston and allow the case to go public, according to the letter.
As for why the family came forward, the statement said: "Recent media reports compel our family to come forward at this time. We the victim and family have attempted to allow the State Attorney to address Tallahassee Police Department's questionable investigation into the rape of the victim."
On Tuesday, the Tallahassee Democrat reported that the investigation came to a halt when the complainant decided she did not want to press charges, an e-mail sent Nov. 12 by City Manager Anita Favors Thompson to City Commissioners said. The Democrat obtained the e-mail Tuesday.
The case became active again last week, following media requests which prompted a review by the city's legal department and ultimately the State Attorney's office.
In the e-mail, Favors Thompson said the Tallahassee Police Department followed up on the case referred to it by Florida State University police "against FSU football player Jameis Winston" by a woman who indicated she was intoxicated at a local bar and was taken advantage of while impaired. TPD initiated an investigation and began to interview witnesses and compile details on the case, but stopped getting responses from the woman and could no longer contact her.
"Shortly thereafter a representative of the young woman's family who is an attorney contacted TPD and said the young woman had changed her mind and did not wish to prosecute," the e-mail said.
Favors Thompson was updating commissioners about media requests TPD officials had received for the police report that she expected to "have national media impact."