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Florida States quarterback accused of sexual assault

The Florida State football team is taking on Idaho this afternoon.
All eyes are already on FSU's star quarterback Jameis Winston, as he faces allegations of sexual assault on a fellow student.

Jameis Winston, arguably the most talked about college quarterback in the nation and some of it, for all the wrong reasons.

The 19 year old has been linked to an allegation of sexual assault, that occurred nearly a year ago.

The allegation has damaged the Heisman hopeful's reputation and turned the life of the alleged victim upside down. 

Her attorney told CNN, quote "She was in classes at FSU. Exams were coming up. She had to leave school and come back home because of this."

Winston's lawyer says his client did not sexually assault the woman but he does acknowledge having consensual sex with her, and the lawyer confirms that Winston's DNA was found on her clothing. 
"It infers...Uh oh, you've got DNA so you must have done something wrong or our the defense is shifting. I will tell you from day 1, December of 2012, our defense has not changed whatsoever. This DNA result had no effect on it. It had no effect on it, no effect on the testimony on the eyewitnesses that were there."

But, the victim's attorney completely denies Winston's claims.

In a statement, she wrote, quote, "To be clear, the victim did not consent. This was a rape."

The case began when the woman reported she had been sexually assaulted. A month later she accused Winston of the alleged rape. But about two months later, police say, she changed her mind. 

"In February 2013 the case was classified as open, but inactive. When the victim in the case broke off contact with TPD and her attorney indicated she did not want to move forward at that time...Let me reiterate: The case was never closed."

In a statement, from the family of the alleged victim an attorney met with police.

The family says, quote "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."

Detective Angulo has not returned CNN's request for comment, but the Tallahassee police deny wrongdoing.

The investigation grew more curious this week. Tallahassee's Police Chief at the time of the alleged incident tells CNN he was never told by his detectives there was a sexual assault investigation against Winston, while he was chief.

He told CNN, "I'd like to know why it didn't make it to me."

Jones said athletes are never given preferential treatment by police. 

Florida State University told CNN it cannot comment on an open investigation.