FSU quarterback Jameis Winston unlikely to face charges until after ACC final, Heisman deadline

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Oct 5, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) warms up before the start of the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Doak Campbell Stadium.



(USATODAY.com) - Any criminal charges against Jameis Winston resulting from an ongoing sexual battery investigation won't be filed until after the ACC football championship and Heisman trophy voting deadline.

Officials in the State Attorney's office in Tallhassee toldCBSSports.com and ESPN.com on Tuesday that their investigation is not likely to be completed for at least two weeks. Winston is expected to quarterback Florida State in the ACC Championship on Dec. 7 in Charlotte, and he is considered a frontrunner for the Heisman trophy, which is awarded Dec. 14 in New York. Heisman votes are due Dec. 9.

State Attorney William Meggs launched an investigation into an alleged sexual battery Nov. 13 after media outlets made public records requests to view the case file from the Tallahassee police. The investigation focuses on an incident allegedly involving Winston, a redshirt freshman football player that occurred on Dec. 7, 2012.

Since the investigation began, questions have arisen about the handling of the case by Tallahassee police, which didn't refer Meggs' office to the case until nearly 11 months after the alleged incident.

Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman told CBSSports.com the office is still awaiting some evidence.

Florida State has said there is no change in Winston's status with the team. Florida State's student-athlete code of conduct prohibits participation in competition when he or she is charged with a felony "absent extraordinary circumstances as determined by the administration".

Winston continues to lead the weekly Heisman survey conducted by USA TODAY Sports.

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