A Long Island woman who spent a year accusing two college football players of rape has admitted she lied about the whole thing.
The Connecticut Post reports Nikki Yovino, 19, plead guilty to falsely reporting an incident and interfering with police.
The former college student faced six years in prison but accepted a plea deal in exchange for a reduced sentence of one year behind bars.
Yovino first filed rape charges against two Sacred Heart football players in October 2016, then recanted her story three months later, police say. She had been defending the accusations since she was first charged by Bridgeport police in February 2017.
Yovino falsely alleged the two football players raped her in a bathroom at a house party off-campus. Yovino told police she said to the men, “I don’t want to be in here, I don’t want to do anything,” claiming the men held her down and took turns assaulting her.
The men admitted to having sex with Yovino, but have maintained it was completely consensual. Their lawyer, Frank Riccio II, told the Connecticut Post the athletes’ lives had been ruined by the false accusation and they were considering legal retaliation.
“While this disposition does not replace that which the boys lost, it does send a powerful message that lying about a serious incident carries serious consequences,” Riccio said.
“They’re no longer in school,” he said of his clients. “The loss of their education and the college experience has certainly affected them greatly. And this is all because of a very serious lie.”
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