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.