Young woman pleads guilty to false rape claims against two college football players

FILE - In this March 3, 2017 file photo, Nikki Yovino is arraigned in Superior Court, in Bridgeport, Conn. Jury selection in the case of Yovino is scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in Bridgeport Superior Court in Connecticut. Yovino is accused of making up rape allegations against two college football players to gain the sympathy of another student she wanted to date. (Ned Gerard/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool)

Nikki Yovino, 19, will serve one year in jail after pleading guilty to making false rape allegations against two Sacred Heart University football players on Tuesday.

Yovino initially claimed that two Sacred Heart University football players pulled her into a bathroom at an off-campus college party in 2016 and then took turns raping her in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Investigators say the two football players who have not been identified by police admitted to having consensual sex with Yovino.

In January, Yovino’s attorney said she still wanted the case tried.

However, authorities confirmed that she later admitted to having consensual sex with the players.

She was then charged with evidence tampering, a felony, and falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor.

‘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,” the arrest warrant affidavit stated.

“She stated that she believed when the other male student heard the allegation it would make him angry and sympathetic to her.”

A jury was about to be selected in the case, but Yovino instead agreed to take the plea deal last minute.

The two football player’s lawyer joined Fox News to discuss how the incident has affected these young men’s lives.

As a part of a plea-deal Yovino sentenced on Aug. 23 to one year in prison.



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