Woman sentenced to prison for false rape claim

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (WCMH) – A former college student who falsely accused two football players of rape was sentenced to one year in prison.

In 2016, Nikki Yovino accused two Sacred Heart University football players of raping her at an off-campus party, News12  Connecticut reported.

Further investigation by police revealed the sex was consensual. Yovino eventually admitted to making up the allegations to gain sympathy from a potential new boyfriend.

Yovino pleaded guilty to two counts of falsely reporting an incident and one count of interfering with a police investigation.

One of the men Yovino accused, Malik St. Hilaire, told the court he now suffers from anxiety and PTSD. He wants Yovino to understand what she did.

“I went from being a college student to being at home, expelled, with no classes, no information, and no opportunity to even clear my name,” he said.

The attorney for the two men says they plan to file a lawsuit against Yovino.

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