Ex-College Student Gets A Year In Jail For Lying About Being Raped By Black Athletes, Rolls Her Eyes In Court

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A former college student was sentenced to a year in jail for lying about being raped by two black athletes. Showing zero remorse for her actions, 20-year-old Nikki Yovino, rolled her eyes during her sentencing in Connecticut’s Bridgeport Superior Court Thursday (Feb. 23).

Yovino, a former student at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., had consensual sex with two football players in 2016. After the encounter, which reportedly took place in a bathroom during a party, Yovino claimed rape to garner sympathy from a love interest. She confessed three months later, after police found inconsistencies in her statements.

Yovino initially tried to avoid jail by claiming mental illness. In June, Yovino accepted a deal to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of falsely reporting an incident and interfering with police. Under the agreement, Yovino’s three-year sentence will be suspended after she completes a year in jail, followed by three years of probation.

During the sentencing, Yovino appeared annoyed, staring blankly, rolling her eyes and shifting her weight from one foot to the other.

Her lawyer denies that she rolled her eyes in court, calling the story an attempt at clickbait. “The judge neither reprimanded her, nor commented on her demeanor, despite sitting directly in front of her,” attorney Ryan O’Neill said. ”Nikki had been cuffed with her hands behind her back for almost 30 minutes, and had to stand the entire time. She has long hair, and at times tried to get it out of her face. During the hearing, her eyes moved in innocuous ways on occasion, and nothing more. In fact, some of the so-called eye rolls were done when nothing of consequence was going on.”

Both of Yovino’s victims were given the opportunity to speak during the hearing. An attorney read a statement on behalf of one of the men, while the other addressed Yovino in court. “My life has been altered and shaped in ways that no one could imagine,” he said while explaining how he went from a college student to being expelled with no way to clear his name. Although the ex-football players were never arrested, both men were forced to out of the University during an investigation into the sexual assault allegations.

Yovino could face a lawsuit from the victims.

“I never really had an opportunity to even speak my own justice,” the man continued. “I was out of school, I [went into] debt, I had to figure out things I never would’ve had to if this girl didn’t lie. I just hope that she knows what she’s done. My life will never be the same. I have anxiety, PTSD…I can’t talk to girls the same because I did noting wrong. Everything has been altered because of this situation.”

In closing, the former student gave a special thanks to the court, given the racial breakdown of the case. “I’m sure you know in this country things don’t always go our way so I’m just glad it did.”

See video of the victim’s statement below.

READ MORE: Former College Student Who Says She Was Raped Admits She Lied

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