Teen Who Admitted Falsely Accusing Two Footballers Of Rape Sent To Prison

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A woman from Long Island, New York, has admitted to falsely accusing two footballers of rape, and has been sentenced to a year in prison.

19-year-old Nikki Yovino confessed to accusing two Sacred Heart University football players of raping her in a bathroom, back in the autumn of 2016.

Yovino pled guilty in state Superior Court to two counts of falsely reporting an incident in the second degree, as well as one count of interfering with officers.

Yovino originally claimed the athletes had sexually assaulted her in a bathroom at a party and how she was frightened for her life.

She’s since admitted the sex was consensual and she’d lied about the nature of the encounter in an attempt to keep a prospective boyfriend romantically interested in her.

According to the New York Post, Judge William Holden sentenced Yovino to a three year sentence but suspended the final two years.

Delivering the sentence, Judge Holden told Yovino:

I just hope you spend the time reflecting on what you did.

According to Law & Crime, both footballers lost their college scholarships on account of Yovino’s false testimony.

One was forced to leave college altogether, while the other is now attempting to pay his own way through college.

One of the wrongly accused men, Malik St. Hilaire, made the following statement before the courtroom:

I went from being a college student to sitting at home being expelled with no way to clear my name.

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

According to the New York Post, Yovino could be seen smirking and rolling her eyes as her victim’s statement was read out.

The second victim has remained unidentified, but his statement was read out by his lawyer, Frank Riccio:

The last almost two years have been definitely my most difficult of my life. 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.

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 only relative in court to support Yovino was her mother. However, she was removed from the courtroom after her mobile phone went off.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30). Alternatively you can contact Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111.

Male Survivors Partnership is available to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. You can contact the organisation on its website or on its helpline – 0808 800 5005.