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Police defend investigation into FSU's Winston
FILE - In a Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 file photo, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) signs autographs after an NCAA college football game against Idaho, in Tallahassee, Fla. Its handling of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Winston is just the latest controversy to hit the Tallahassee Police Department. A handful of grand juries recently have issued scathing reports about how some officers have conducted themselves in the line of duty.(AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)
November 27, 2013, 4:30 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The Tallahassee Police Department is defending its investigation into sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

Interim Police Chief Tom Coe issued a timeline Wednesday saying it demonstrates his department's professionalism.

The timeline starts with the department taking the alleged victim to the hospital Dec. 7, interviewing her, and collecting DNA and other evidence.

The report says the victim identified her alleged attacker Jan. 10, but her attorney contacted investigators the next day and canceled a planned meeting.

Later that month, Coe says the suspect refused to be interviewed.

Coe says investigators contacted the victim's attorney again and gave her toxicology reports. He says the attorney told investigators she would review the findings and contact them if the victim wanted to pursue the case.

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