An New York woman was arrested and charged after she falsely accused two Connecticut football players of rape. The accusations led to their withdrawal from school.
18-year-old Nikki Yovino had previously claimed that she’d been pulled into a bathroom by two students at Sacred Heart University during a football party in Bridgeport. Unfortunately for her, however, a student had overheard her telling the two football players that she wanted to have sex with them.
When confronted by cops, she claimed she’d lied because of her interest in another man.
“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,” according to the arrest affidavit. “She stated that she believed when (the other male student) heard the allegation it would make him angry and sympathetic to her.”
She’s been charged with falsely reporting an incident and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. She faces up to five years in prison on the charges.
Her arraignment is scheduled for March 3rd, when her attorney expects her to plead not guilty.
The two players have maintained their innocence all along, claiming they had consensual sex with her.
They were suspended from the team when the allegations broke, and ultimately withdrew from school rather than face a disciplinary hearing.