Nikki Yovino plea deal: A license to use gender to escape repercussions. How a female college student fabricated a rape claim against two Sacred Heart University football payers which could have seen their careers and lives shattered.
A 19 year old Long Island woman is getting ready to spend one year behind bars after her lawyers got her a plea deal in which the former college student admitted having completely fabricated a rape claim against two Sacred Heart University football payers which could have seen their careers and lives shattered.
The plea deal follows Nikki Yovino admitting in court on Tuesday that she’d been lying the entire time about her alleged rape.
In exchange for her one year jail, Yovino agreed to plead guilty to charges of falsely reporting an incident and interfering with police, reported the Connecticut Post.
The plea comes as Yovino had been facing the real potential of five-six years behind bars.
Yovino agreed to the deal just as jury selection was getting ready to begin in her false rape trial.
‘We were prepared to go to trial on the original felony charge, but after lengthy discussions with all parties involved and considering all outside factors, this was an appropriate disposition that will hopefully set a precedent about how serious the state takes this conduct,’ Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tatiana Messina told the judge in Yovino’s case.
Nikki Yovino plea deal leaves accused football players picking up the broken pieces of their lives:
The plea deal follows Yovino defending her rape accusations since February 2017, when she was first charged by Bridgeport Police.
Cops claimed in the arrest affidavit that Yovino filed rape charges against the two Sacred Heart football players in October 2016 — only to recant her story three months later.
She claimed that the assaults went down inside of a bathroom at an off-campus house party.
‘I don’t want to be in here, I don’t want to do anything,’ Yovino recounted telling the men during police interviews. She claimed that the bathroom was in the basement, and that the individuals held her down and took turns assaulting her.
‘My friends are waiting for me outside, let me go outside,’ Yovino recalled saying.
While both men acknowledged sleeping with Yovino, they claimed that the sex was consensual. Their lawyer, Frank Riccio II, told the CT Post on Tuesday that they are now thinking about suing Yovino for all the grief and misery she put them through.
‘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.
The lawyer stressed Yovino’s actions having ‘seriously affected’ the former athletes.
‘They’re no longer in school,’ Riccio said. ‘The loss of their education and the college experience has certainly affected them greatly. And this is all because of a very serious lie.’
Nikki Yovino plea deal: Social media responds.
And then there were these reactions below on social media that caught this author’s attention, see what you think?
A year….A FUCKING YEAR!!!???? She should get at least 10 AND without the possibility of parole. The lives of the two boys she accused will never be the same & will always be thought of as “rapists”. I hope they sue the living fuck out of her family. #NikkiYovino #rape #MeToo
— Velvet Veil (@VelvetVeil) June 5, 2018
((Prison right now. At least 15 years!)) Nikki Yovino reportedly made up the rape allegations in order to gain the sympathy of another student she wanted to date. (Ned Gerard/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP) @RickandJohn929 @929TheGame https://t.co/x4vaNeGFik
— Brandon in Lindale (@KrzyKeeb) June 6, 2018
The implication being we should believe women simply bc of their gender? Look up Nikki Yovino and Breana Harmon.
— Doug Lambert (@DougLambert20) June 1, 2018
‘She should suffer the same sentence they would have received. She should have to register as a sex offender for life.’
‘This is a prime example of why when some women make these accusations, they should be thoroughly investigated and not initially believed. This individual has cast a permanent shadow upon their reputations which will never be removed. When proven that they lied, in order to dissuade others from doing the same, they should be sentenced to the maximum sentence possible.’
‘Slutremorse. It’s a thing.’
‘Cases like this one emphasize the reason that defendants should always be considered innocent until PROVEN guilty. NOTE: An accusation is NOT proof. .’