New York woman, 20, who lied about rape, it seems to roll her eyes in the court as she is sentenced for a year

Standing beside her attorney, Ryan O’neill, Nikki Yovino has been sentenced to one year in prison in Superior Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 for making false allegations of rape against two Sacred Heart University football players. The police says Yovino the claims because they thought that the consensus meeting would be harmful for her relationship with another student. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)

(Connecticut Post)

A woman who lied about being raped by two men during a college party seemed to roll her eyes in court as one of the victims talked about how the allegations affected his life.

Nikki Yovino, 20, South Setauket, New York, was sentenced Thursday in Bridgeport Superior Court to three years in prison, with the sentence suspended after she serves a year. Yovino pleaded guilty in June to felony charges of falsely reporting an incident and interfering with police.

Yovino was attending Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, when she reported being raped by two school football players in the bathroom at an off-campus party in Bridgeport in October 2016.

The two men both admitted to having sex with her, but she said it was consensual.

Yovino then admitted to making the claims, so that they would not lose a potential friend.

Although the players are never arrested, both of them withdrew from the school while facing possible discipline, and one of them lost his football scholarship.

One of the several eyerolls as the judge sentences Nikki Yovino to a year in prison for falsely accusing two fellow Sacred Heart University students of rape in 2016.

— Marcus Solis (@MarcusSolis7) August 23, 2018

“She admitted that she the complaint of sexual assault against [the players], because it was the first thing that came to mind, and they do not want to lose [another male student] as a friend and potential boyfriend,” the arrest warrant affidavit said.


During the sentencing hearing, Yovino proved to roll her eyes and grin on one of her victims, according to the Connecticut Post, and the Law & Crime website. But her lawyer, Ryan O’neill, denied she did, and noted the court did not pass judgment on or reprimand her for the alleged behavior in the court.

Malik St. Hilaire, who were not identified, until he came forward to speak on the condemnation of the court, said: “I went from a student to sit at home driven them with no way to clear my name.”

“My life will never be the same.” The victim, who was falsely accused of rape speaks during the sentencing of Nikki Yovino.

— Marcus Solis (@MarcusSolis7) August 23, 2018

He added: “I just hope she knows what she has done for me. My life will never be the same. I did nothing wrong, but everything has been changed as a result of this.”


The second player, who remains unknown, had a statement read by his lawyer, Frank Riccio, who detailed how he had suffered from depression, anxiety and shame after losing his scholarship, and was now $ 30,000 in debt.

The two players going forward with a civil case against Yovino.

Speaking after the conviction, O’neill said it was “a tough day for Nikki and her family,” and that “her willingness to accept [the] plea deal reflects its responsibility for what happened.”

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tatiana Messina told the judge, was not an easy charging decision.”

Yovino was charged after she admitted to lying about being raped.

(Bridgeport Police)

“But with the evidence we had against Miss Yovino, we believe that this provision is both fair and appropriate,” Messina said. “A lot of real victims of sexual violence are often not believed, but that is because of cases like this and the impact they have on public perception. Miss Yovino of the occurrence of a disservice to the real victims, in addition to the two young men whose lives were strongly influenced, and that was not something that could be ignored.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Chris Irvine is Senior News Editor at Fox News. His Twitter @chrisirvine86

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