Chris Leak hires lawyer who defended Jameis Winston in sexual assault case

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The 16-year-old girl who accused Leak of inappropriate contact with her at Edgewater High School has chosen not to file charges.

Chris Leak accuser decides not to press charges

The 16-year-old girl who accused Leak of inappropriate contact with her at Edgewater High School has chosen not to file charges.

Former Florida Gators quarterback Chris Leak has hired a the same lawyer who defended Jameis Winston had when he was accused of sexual assault at Florida State.

The attorney, Tim Jansen, announced Wednesday he's been retained by Leak, who earlier this month resigned as head football coach at Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla., after being accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student at the school.

"I have been retained by Chris Leak," Jansen said in a statement. "He adamantly denies the allegations recently released in a police report. Mr. Leak has cooperated with the investigators and we will continue to investigate what we believe are false allegations."

Leak, 31, is under police investigation after the girl told a school resource officer that Leak forced himself upon her inside the school's athletic trainer's office. According to the police report, Leak instructed the girl to give him a massage. The girl told police Leak then pulled her hands up underneath his towel and onto his genitals.

Leak has not been charged with a crime in the ongoing investigation. He resigned from his post as Edgewater's head coach Oct. 4, less than a year since taking the job — his first as head coach.

Leak first attended Florida in 2003 and led the Gators to a national championship as a senior in 2006. He also played briefly in the NFL, Canadian Football League and Arena Football League.

Jansen defended Winston in 2013 when the quarterback was playing football at Florida State.

A woman accused Winston of raping her at an off-campus apartment, but the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit decided not to charge Winston due to lack of conviction.

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