A probation reduction was not given to a woman from Long Island who lied about being raped.
A Long Island woman who falsely accused two former Sacred Heart University football players of raping her four years ago was found guilty in Connecticut. She asked the judge to shorten her probation, but the judge said no.
Nikki Yovino of South Setauket, New York, tried to get her three years of probation cut in half, but a judge in Bridgeport said no. Yovino had already served one year in prison and 16 months of probation in the case, so the Connecticut Post reported Tuesday that the judge turned down her request.
In August 2018, Yovino, who was 19 at the time, was given a three-year prison sentence with the last two years suspended. He had pleaded guilty before going to trial to two counts of second-degree falsely reporting an incident and one count of interfering with police during an incident at an alcoholic party.
Yovino told police in October 2016 that during a football club party in Bridgeport, two football players from Fairfield University forced her to have sex in a bathroom in the basement of a house.
Yovino told police that the football players, who are no longer at the university, held her down and then raped her. Police said that both men later admitted they had sex with Yovino, but they said it was their choice.
The Connecticut Post says that three months later, Yovino told a police detective at her home on Long Island that she “made up” the accusation.
An affidavit for an arrest warrant says, “She admitted that she made up the sexual assault claim 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.”
Police said that Yovino thought that the other student might be “angry and feel sorry for her” because of the meeting.
Yovino’s request was turned down by Superior Court Judge Tracy Lee Drayton, who said that she had already agreed to a plea deal in the case.
Yovino didn’t show up to the hearing because she was living with family in Ridgefield, but her lawyer told the judge that she wants to go back to Long Island.
The newspaper says that after the hearing, attorney Ryan O’Neill refused to say anything.
The report says that a prosecutor said she was against reducing Yovino’s probation because there was no proof that she had a mental health evaluation and treatment, which were both parts of her probation.
The two former students are suing Yovino, saying they had to leave Fairfield University because of the false rape claim.
During Yovino’s sentencing, one of the men, Malik St. Hilaire, told the judge that he had “no way” to clear his name after the accusations.
St. Hilaire said in court, “I just hope she knows what she has done to me. My life will never be the same.” “I didn’t do anything wrong, but because of this, everything has changed.”