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Report: Florida State clears DB Ronald Darby in alleged rape case

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Florida State defensive back Ronald Darby has been cleared by Florida State University in an alleged rape case. A panel reviewing Darby’s connection to a high-profile alleged rape case involving quarterback Jameis Winston and defensive end Chris Casher determined Darby was not responsible for any violations regarding creating a hostile environment for another student at the university.

Darby’s attorney, Tico Gimbel, confirmed to USA Today “Darby was not responsible for “conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for another person” and “acts that invade privacy of another person.” Darby and Casher had been accused of witnessing a rape by Winston, although state prosecutors never charged Winston for any crimes related to the incident in question.

“We’re happy with the outcome,” Gimbel said. “We believe it’s the right outcome, and Ronald Darby’s happy to put all of this behind him.”

Casher’s attorney did not confirm that ruling regarding his client to USA Today. There was some confusion over whether or not Winston would be called to testify to the panel about the involvement of his two teammates, but it was confirmed Winston did not attend a hearing for Casher and Darby due to a conflicting baseball schedule. Winston has not been charged with any crimes nor has he been charged with any violations by Florida State.

The Department of Education is reviewing how Florida State handled the response of the alleged rape while the attorney representing the alleged victim has criticized the handling of the case by Tallahassee police.

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12 Responses to “Report: Florida State clears DB Ronald Darby in alleged rape case”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jun 4, 2014 7:06 PM

    Of course they cleared Darby, if they didn’t they’d be admitting that Winston did in fact rape someone, instead of their current reasoning of turn a blind eye if you win a Heisman/MNC because covering up a rape could be pretty bad for all of us in Tally.

  2. stopthemadness101 says: Jun 4, 2014 7:12 PM

    Since no facts have been presented yet that support your preposterous theory kindly shut the hell up.

  3. arnie7781 says: Jun 4, 2014 7:33 PM

    Youmad – you mad?

  4. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jun 4, 2014 7:37 PM

    @arnie7781

    No, but I do feel for the girl Winston sexually assaulted and her family who will be served no justice.

  5. arnie7781 says: Jun 4, 2014 8:14 PM

    Don’t feel too bad – she won’t remember that justice wasn’t served.

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Jun 5, 2014 1:22 AM

    And you people think the SEC is out of control

  7. huskerzfan says: Jun 5, 2014 5:05 AM

    So what I am hearing is that the better the player, the quicker they are dismissed from any wrong doing?

    How have Casher and Darby been held under the microscope when all they were are witnesses to the supposed crime?

    Are they still in school and on the FSU football team?

  8. 2011dsdad says: Jun 5, 2014 8:39 AM

    “Darby and Casher had been accused of witnessing a rape by Winston”….no, they were accused of violating the school’s privacy rules when they witnessed what they both said was a consensual act.

    How many rape victims say “get out of here” or “close the door” ? Her words.

    If she had stated in the report that she ever asked for assistance from his roommates they would’ve been charged with a crime never mind a code of conduct violation.

  9. achap39 says: Jun 5, 2014 10:31 AM

    So they clear the ACC Defensive ROY and never charge the Heisman winner…but the backup DE gets a year probation.

    Nope. Nothing fishy here at all.

  10. arnie7781 says: Jun 5, 2014 2:40 PM

    Huskerzfan –

    You need a hearing aid.

    The accusation against Winston was reviewed by the State of Florida. There was not enough evidence and/or there was too much contradictory evidence to charge Winston with a crime. This is a factual statement based on evidence that is now available to the public.

    Darby and Casher were being reviewed internally by Florida State for possible violations of the student code of conduct. What did they do, you ask? Well, they issued affidavits as evidence against the accusation that Winston committed a crime. The affidavits stated that Darby and Casher witnessed a consensual sexual act. Casher informed police, without an attorney present, that he attempted to record the act briefly (read: he’s not hiding anything).

    To suggest that better players are cleared of wrong doing quicker is asinine. Winston was accused of sexual assault and if charged by the state (he was not) and convicted, Winston would have gone to jail.

    Darby and Casher were reviewed internally by FSU for possible student conduct violations (read: they were not accused of committing crimes or submitting evidence against possible charges from the State).

    The timeline of the State’s investigation and FSU’s review are independent of one another and the timeline has nothing to do with who starts on the football team, who’s in the running for a Heisman or who’s second string.

    Grow up.

  11. granadafan says: Jun 5, 2014 2:52 PM

    Sucks to be a woman at FSU.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 9, 2014 2:38 PM

    If their version of the story is true… how are they not guilty of “creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for another person” and “acts that invade privacy of another person”

    According to their own story, one of them recorded a sexual act without consent….

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