Woman Who Lied About Being Raped By College Football Players Sentenced To Prison

Nikki Yovino was sentenced to prison for her crimes.

Bridgeport, CT – A New York woman who falsely accused two Sacred Heart University football players of raping her during a college party in 2016 has been sentenced to prison.

Nikki Yovino, 20, appeared to roll her eyes as one of her victims told the court about how her lies had caused severe negative repercussions on his life on Thursday, FOX News reported.

“I went from being a college student to sitting at home being expelled with no way to clear my name,” Malik St. Hilaire explained, while Yovino sat smirking in the courtroom, according to the New York Post.

“I just hope she knows what she has done to me, my life will never be the same,” Hilaire continued. “I did nothing wrong, but everything has been altered because of this.”

Attorney Frank Riccio read a victim’s impact statement from the second victim, who did not want to be named.

“The last almost two years have been definitely my most difficult of my life,” the second victim wrote. “The roller coaster of emotions; fear, anger, sadness, embarrassment, depression, anxiety and the list goes on.”

“She accused me of what I believe to be a horrendous, horrific crime out of her own selfish concerns,” the statement read. “I lost my scholarship, my dream of continuing to play football and now I am in debt $30,000 and I’m simply trying to get ahead as best as I can.”

The alleged incident occurred on Oct. 15, 2016, after police responded to St. Vincent’s Medical Center to investigate a report of a sexual assault, the Connecticut Post reported.

Yovino told police that she had attended a party the night before at a home in Bridgeport, and that two football players had pulled her into a basement bathroom.

“I don’t want to be in here, I don’t want to do anything,” Yovino claimed she told the men, according to police. “My friends are waiting for me outside, let me go outside.”

She alleged that the men then held her down, and took turns raping her.

Hilaire and the second man admitted they had sex with Yovino, but said she had consented.

Three months later, police questioned Yovino again at her home – but this time her story was drastically different.

“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 read, according to the Connecticut Post.

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

But during a pre-trial hearing, Yovino recanted her admission, and again alleged that the men had forcibly raped her, the New York Post reported.

Neither of the men were ever arrested or charged with regards to Yovino’s false claims.

She later pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with police and two counts of second-degree falsely reporting an incident – all of which were misdemeanors, according to the Connecticut Post.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tatiana Messina told the court that charging Yovino was “not an easy…decision,” FOX News reported.

“But with the evidence we had against Miss Yovino, we do believe this disposition is both fair and appropriate," Messina said.

“Many true victims of sexual assault are often disbelieved, but that is because of cases like this and the impact they have on public perceptions,” the prosecutor continued. “Miss Yovino’s actions are a disservice to those true victims, in addition to the two young men whose lives were greatly affected, and that was not something that could have been ignored.”

Superior Court Judge William Holden sentenced Yovino to three years in prison, but ordered that she serve the last two years of her sentence on probation, according to the Connecticut Post.

“I just hope you spend the time reflecting on what you did,” Holden told her during the hearing.

She will receive credit against her one-year sentence for the time she has served in jail since June, according to WABC.

Yovino’s mother, who was the only person present in the courtroom in support of her, was kicked out of the hearing after her cell phone rang, the Connecticut Post reported.

Her attorney, Ryan O’Neill, denied claims that Yovino smirked or rolled her eyes during the hearing, FOX News reported.

He told reporters that it was “a difficult day for Nikki and her family,” and claimed that her “willingness to accept [the] plea deal reflects her accountability for what happened.”

Both victims plan to file a civil suit against Yovino, FOX News reported.

Comments (65)
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Foundoutwest11
Foundoutwest11

Life destroyed by words....

LadyLawful
LadyLawful

I hope she enjoys her stay in prison, what a selfish and evil thing she did to these young men, just because she didn't want people to think she was the little tramp she is. The scholarships of these young men should be reinstated . Women lie too and she and Christine Blasey Ford are the poster children . I am a survivor of sexual abuse as a young child and as a teenager. YOU DON'T FORGET DETAILS and you don't need to read a script to recall them.

Yomama
Yomama

Praying that these young men win their Civil Suit. This B***h deserves so much more than she received.

Simeron
Simeron

"Both victims plan to file a civil suit against Yovino, FOX News reported." - Good.

Rleeper676
Rleeper676

I hope they also plan on using the university also. Loss of future earnings, etc.

Rleeper676
Rleeper676

Suing not using.

AngelaB
AngelaB

She should serve the amount of time the men would have if they had been falsely sentenced.

Tamaram
Tamaram

LEO0301
LEO0301

Hey, HCD....hard to believe a woman made a false claim of rape, isn't it? Kind of reminds me of Ford's bogus claim against Kavanaugh.

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

When they make false claims, they should be sentenced to the crime that they accused someone else of.

oxalis
oxalis

So, they still did it, only with consent. Somehow that doesn't make it seem much better. It's still a pretty horrible thing to do. I have a hard time feeling much sympathy for them under the circumstances, though she certainly shouldn't have lied about it.

Katarina
Katarina

This is the sad thing that happens when someone is considered guilty until proven innocent. The University should give them their education at the very least. The tramp should have to pay them for as long as it takes for their earning potential to catch up to what it would have been, if she has to pay for the rest of her life.

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

THE DAMN BITCH NEEDS HER LIFE RUINED LIKE SHE DID TO THESE TWO GUYS. THROW HER ASS IN JAIL FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS AND THEN MAYBE SHE WILL STOP FILING FALSE POLICE REPORTS.

BluBlood
BluBlood

Those boys will have this follow them for the rest of their lives even though they are innocent. How do you think that other guy you liked looks at you now ya dumb tramp?? Keep your legs closed so noone else's life is ruined by your sick-minded ass.

Just_an_average_Jill
Just_an_average_Jill

Good! Losing in a rape case is one thing but falsely accusing is another. There needs to be more held accountable like this then maybe there would be less 'false' accusations.

hampshire
hampshire

point.... it happening now. Girls did this a lot and still do as adult --- disgusting... no concept of how they are destroying lives

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 no, I still believe Ford was assaulted by Kavanaugh and abetted by his friend. Like @Stuball said, no one credible has suggested her claims are false. The reason there aren't that many other witnesses is because for everyone else that wasn't in that room where Kavanaugh assaulted her, it was just a regular party. There's nothing to remember from a party decades ago.

Aside from that, she's made mention of this incident to multiple people prior to kavanaugh being a nominee. Further, Kavanaugh's blackout drunkenness, bar fights, and especially his yelling and crying behavior when he was telling his side of the story is enough for most people with sense to realize this guy doesn't have the fortitude to be a supreme court judge. That's with or without Ford's testimony.

angeleyes
angeleyes

Girls like this are the reason women who are actually assaulted and raped are not believed. I'm glad she got some prison time and hope the young men can move on with their lives as best they can now. This is why people tend to not believe a rape victim as there are usually not any witnesses to this kind of crime, so 60% don't even report, out of guilt, fear or shame.

Rayb
Rayb

That’s great news!! I’ve known women that’s done that.. and they tell everyone they can say whatever they want and nothing will happen to them... This should be a lesson to women who think they can make these very serious allegations...

Hatterasman
Hatterasman

“a difficult day for Nikki"? Does anyone really care how difficult this POS's day was? If you ask me, she got off easy when you consider how she ruined the lives of two people.