Testimony outlines second Title IX case
The testimony of former Florida State official Melissa Ashton includes a few exchanges about a second woman in a separate Title IX case involving former Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston. The case was not reported to police and no charges were pursued. Ashton said her victim advocate department received a report from University Housing in the fall of 2013 about an incident that took place before the football season.
Details have not been made public, but here are relevant excerpts from a June deposition between Ashton and John Clune, an attorney for Erica Kinsman, who has sued Winston for sexual battery.
Clune: So, I'm not going to ask you the details of the other victim's case or her identity, but your office had another report that identified Mr. Winston as a suspect in a sexual assault.
Ashton: We had received information that he had been named in another ‑— another case, yes.
Clune: Did you receive that information from law enforcement?
Clune: Where did you receive that information?
Ashton: Through housing. …
Clune: So, what did you learn from housing?
Ashton: That they had received a report and they were referring a student to us.
Clune: Did they give you any further details about the report they received?
Ashton: I believe so. I can't recall exactly what those were.
Clune: Do you recall generally what they were?
Ashton: That a report had been made to an RA. And it was a Title 9 case.
Clune: Was it indicated that it was a sexual assault case?
Ashton: I don't recall.
Clune: And did that initial report indicate that Jameis Winston was the suspect in that sexual assault case?
Ashton: I don't know if that was initially or if that came later.
Clune: But that was reported to you through housing at some point?
Ashton: Yes. It would have either been housing or the Title 9 coordinator at the time.