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Student gets year in jail for lying on black athletes

PICTURED: Nikki Yovino

A FORMER student has been sentenced to one-year in prison for lying about being raped by two black athletes.

Nikki Yovino didn't seem to be remorseful as she rolled her eyes during her sentencing in Connecticut’s Bridgeport Superior Court Thursday (Aug 23).

Yovino, a former student at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., had consensual sex with two football players in 2016. After the encounter, which reportedly took place in a bathroom during a party, Yovino claimed rape to garner sympathy from a love interest. She confessed three months later, after police found inconsistencies in her statements.

Yovino initially tried to avoid jail by claiming mental illness. In June, she accepted a deal to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of falsely reporting an incident and interfering with police. Under the agreement, Yovino’s three-year sentence will be suspended after she completes a year in jail, followed by three years of probation.

Both of Yovino’s victims were given the opportunity to speak during the hearing. An attorney read a statement on behalf of one of the men, while the other addressed Yovino in court. “My life has been altered and shaped in ways that no one could imagine,” he said while explaining how he went from a college student to being expelled with no way to clear his name. Although the ex-football players were never arrested, both men were forced to out of the University during an investigation into the sexual assault allegations.

Yovino could face a lawsuit from the victims.

“I never really had an opportunity to even speak my own justice,” the man continued. “I was out of school, I [went into] debt, I had to figure out things I never would’ve had to if this girl didn’t lie. I just hope that she knows what she’s done. My life will never be the same. I have anxiety, PTSD…I can’t talk to girls the same because I did noting wrong. Everything has been altered because of this situation.”

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