A Long Island woman who attended college in Connecticut could spend a whopping two years in prison for making false rape allegations against two football players – and that’s only if she accepts the plea deal that has been offered to her by the prosecution.
19-year-old Nikki Yovino, formerly a student at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, allegedly fabricated a tale involving sexual misconduct from two fellow students. Prosecutors claim that she was seeking sympathy from a man that she wanted to date.
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Craig Nowak told Superior Court Judge Earl Richards that he would offer a plea bargain that would see Yovino spend two years in prison, followed by three years’ probation, the Connecticut Post reported.
“I think the offer is a good one considering the serious allegations in the case,” Richards opined, allowing Yovino to mull over the offer until June 26. An attorney for the football players at the heart of the scandal, both of whom will not be identified, also stated that he would consult with his clients about the deal.
Yovino’s false accusation resulted in a school disciplinary hearing for both of the accused, but their lawyer advised them to withdraw from the university instead of potentially getting expelled and having the allegations follow them throughout their educational career.
Once it came to light that Yovino was lying, she withdrew from Sacred Heart and was slapped with one count of falsely reporting an incident and one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
She initially claimed that the two students pulled her into an off-campus bathroom and had sex with her, but both men claimed that they had consensual sex with her. Yovino later recanted the tale.
“She admitted that she made up the allegation of sexual assault against (the football players) because it was the first thing that came to mind and she didn’t want to lose (another male student) as a friend and potential boyfriend,” court records show.