Nikki Yovino, 19, has struck a deal with prosecutors to avoid more than one year in prison after pleading guilty to making false rape allegations against two Sacred Heart University football players. Yovino was also a student at the college in Fairfield, Connecticut. She allegedly had consensual sex with the players but then accused them of rape to garner sympathy with someone who she wanted to date. The question is whether prosecutors truly did justice with a deal that allowed Yovino to avoid more prison time after attempting to send two innocent college students to prison — and ruining their lives.
Yovino told police that she was at a Sacred Heart football club party off-campus in Bridgeport when two men took her into a bathroom and sexually assaulted her. The two players were threatened with disciplinary action by the university and had to withdraw as students.
Of course, it is still possible that the two men will sue Yovino for defamation and, given the failure of the prosecutors to require jail as part of the deal, that may be viewed as the only avenue for receiving justice by the men.