Report: Two Florida State players refuse to testify at Winston hearing
Florida State sophomore defensive end Chris Casher and junior cornerback Ronald Darby refused to testify at a student conduct code hearing regarding allegations that quarterback Jameis Winston sexually assaulted a Florida State student in 2012, ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach reports.
The hearing is taking place to determine if Winston violated up to four school student conduct codes, including two related to sexual conduct.
Winston also faces two endangerment violations, which include physical violence towards another person or group and action(s) that endanger the health, safety, or well-being of another person or group. Winston could face expulsion from school if he is found guilty of the violations.
Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, was accused by a female student of sexual assault in December 2012. Winston was investigated by the State Attorney's office for the alleged sexual assault, but officials decided not to pursue charges in December 2013, stating they felt evidence was insufficient.
Casher and Darby faced school code of conduct hearings in May. Both players have said that they saw the sexual encounter between Winston and his accuser, which Winston holds was consensual. Darby was not found responsible for any code of conduct violations, and Casher was found responsible for acts that invade privacy of another person and recording images without consent, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The judge overseeing the hearing, retired Florida State Supreme Court Chief Justice Major Harding, is required to give Winston and his accuser notice of his decision within 10 school days.
Winston has led Florida State to a 12-0 record this season. The second-ranked Seminoles, who have won 28 straight games, face Georgia Tech in the ACC championship game in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday.
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