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Police: SHU Student Admits To Making Up Rape Allegations

Nikki Yovino
Nikki Yovino Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A Sacred Heart University student who accused two SHU football players of raping her at an off-campus party has confessed the charges were made up, according to police.

On Oct. 15 Bridgeport Police responded to St. Vincent's Medical Center on a report of a sexual assault. The complainant, 18-year-old Nikki Yovino of South Setauket, N.Y., told police that she was sexually assaulted by two males while at a house party on Lakeside Drive in Bridgeport.

She told police that the sexual assault took place in a bathroom at the home, and that one of her assailants was a fellow student and football player at SHU, while the other was a former SHU student.

Police said that detectives conducted a thorough investigation and met several times with SHU administrators. Initial statements from witnesses and evidence recovered from the scene suggested that a sexual assault had occurred, but police said that detectives received more information that contradicted Yovino's statements.

Police said that new information included new witness accounts, text messages and cell phone video. When Yovino was confronted with this information, police said she admitted that she had in fact made up the accusations and that she had had consensual sex with both males.

A warrant was issued for Yovino's arrest and she turned herself in to police on Tuesday. She was charged with filing a false report and tampering with evidence.

The accused players were let go of the team, had their scholarships taken away and left the school months ago, according to the Connecticut Post. One of the students was readmitted to the university but with no scholarship and is not playing football, the Connecticut Post reported.

Click here for the Connecticut Post story.

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