Falsely Accused: A woman who falsely claimed that she was raped by two men has been sentenced to a year in prison.
Nikki Yovino, 19, from Long Island, America, told cops two students from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut had raped her in the toilets at a party.
In a report by police, she was recorded telling officers that she told the men: “I don’t want to be in here. I don’t want to do anything. My friends are waiting for me outside, let me go outside.”
But when the claims were investigated, inconsistencies were discovered, the New York Post reports. After several witnesses said she went ‘willingly’ with the men, Yovino is reported to have told officers that she made up the allegations to get ‘sympathy’ from a student she hoped to start a relationship with.
An arrest warrant affidavit seen by the news outlet states: “She stated that she believed when [the other male student] heard the allegation it would make him angry and sympathetic to her.”
However, when appearing in court in May, she went on to claim that she had never told police she was assaulted by the men in the first place.
Going back on her original claims, she told the court: “I never told him [the detective involved in the case] I was sexually assaulted.
“I told him that something happened in the bathroom at the party with these two guys, that I didn’t want to happen.”
She was then asked by assistant state attorney Emily Trudeau: “You never told law enforcement you were sexually assaulted?”
To which Yovino replied: “No, I never said I was sexually assaulted.”
She then went on to change her story again and pleaded guilty to falsely claiming she had been raped, accepting a plea deal.
She has now been jailed for a year and was told by Judge William Holden that she should use the time to ‘reflect on what she did’, according to the New York Post.
Statements were read out from both of her victims; with the first man saying: “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.”
The second man statement read: “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.”