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Winston not at hearing for FSU teammates


Published:   |   Updated: May 21, 2014 at 09:55 AM

— Florida State football players Chris Casher and Ronald Darby have met with a university discipline board after being charged with violations of the school’s code of conduct.

The two faced charges Tuesday after they told police they witnessed sex between quarterback Jameis Winston and a woman who accused him of raping her. Casher told police that he recorded a video of a portion of the incident but deleted the footage.

Winston’s accuser testified at the hearing.

The conduct board has 10 days to make a recommendation to the dean of students.

Casher made a statement, apologizing to the accuser and said, “I honestly did not believe that any of us had broken the law or done anything wrong.”

Winston was not called to testify Tuesday and was never charged with a crime.

Winston’s attorney, Tim Jansen, told ESPN.com that Winston was not asked to attend the hearing and was in North Carolina playing for the FSU baseball team in the ACC tournament.

An attorney for the accuser said they expected Winston to attend.

“Although we were told by the school that Mr. Winston would be called as a witness, he did not show for the hearing and no further explanation was given,” said attorney John Clune in a statement.

The woman accused Winston of sexually assaulting her at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012. Winston said through an attorney the sex was consensual. In December 2013, the state attorney’s office chose not to charge Winston with sexual assault because of lack of evidence.

Casher, a defensive end, and Darby, a defensive back, face code-of-conduct charges including possible sexual misconduct and invasion of privacy, according to Fox Sports. Discipline could include expulsion.

Winston does not face code-of-conduct charges.

Florida State is among more than 50 schools under investigation by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for its handling of sexual assault cases.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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