BRIDGEPORT, CT — A former college student in Connecticut who has been accused of lying about being raped by two college football players said in court that she never told investigators she was raped.
Former Sacred Heart University student Nikki Yovino, 19, testified on Wednesday that she made up the allegations of sexual assault, according to the Connecticut Post.
“I never said I was sexually assaulted,” Yovino told Assistant State’s Attorney Emily Trudeau. When asked why detectives were investigating a reported sexual assault, she replied, “I don’t know.”
Yovino repeatedly stated that she never told detectives that she had been raped in a basement bathroom by two football players during an off-campus party in October 2016. “I never told [Cotto] I was sexually assaulted,” Yovino said. “I told him that something happened in the bathroom at the party with these two guys, that I didn’t want to happen.”
At the time, Yovino reportedly told investigators that two men had pulled her into the bathroom and held her down while taking turns to sexually assault her, according to police documents.
Both men have denied the sexual-assault charges and claimed that the encounter was consensual. Witnesses also told police that it appeared the teen went into the bathroom willingly with the men.
Police said Yovino admitted three months after the alleged assault that she had made the allegations up in an attempt to get sympathy from another man.
Yovino has been charged with with falsely reporting an incident and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. She faces up to six years in prison if convicted.
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Main photo: Nikki Yovino [Bridgeport Police Department]