Nikki Yovino may have plead guilty to making false rape claims against two football players at a Connecticut college – but that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s remorseful.
The former Sacred Heart University student claimed she was raped by two men during a party in 2016, but then later admitted to making up the allegations because she wanted a potential love interest to feel sympathy for her. She shocked witnesses when she rolled her eyes in court as one of her victims spoke about how her false allegations ruined his life.
Thursday, Yovino was sentenced to a year in jail in Bridgeport Superior Court after pleading guilty in June to misdemeanor charges of falsely reporting an incident and interfering with police.
The two students she accused had remained anonymous up until Thursday. One of the men, Malik St. Hilaire, stepped forward to read a victim impact statement to the courtroom. In his statement St. Hilaire explained how Yovino’s false claims got him expelled from school.
“I went from being a college student to sitting at home being expelled with no way to clear my name,” St. Hilaire said. “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.”
But rather than be contrite, Law & Crime reports that Yovino smirked and repeatedly rolled her eyes as the young man addressed the room.
Someone standing close to Yovino during the hearing claims they also heard her groaning in annoyance as St. Hilaire spoke and she showed “no remorse”. Her attorney has since denied these accounts saying that it had been a “difficult day for Nikki and her family.”
Frank Riccio III, the attorney representing both football players, read a statement from the second man, who has chosen not to be publicly identified. The man said he lost his football scholarship because of Yovino’s allegations and now suffers from depression and anxiety.
“She accused me of what I believe to be a horrendous, horrific crime out of her own selfish concerns,” the unidentified student’s statement read, according to The Hour.
“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.”