NEW YORK POST – LORENA MONGELLI
“The young Long Island woman accused of falsely crying rape against two football players at her Connecticut college was back in court Friday, continuing her bid to dodge jail by getting treatment for an undisclosed mental health issue.
During a brief hearing, a Bridgeport judge granted defendant Nikki Yovino’s request that her lawyer be present as she undergoes a psychological exam that will help determine her eligibility for the jail diversion program.
“She’s hanging in there,” lawyer Mark Sherman told The Post of Yovino, 19, of South Setauket. “She’s looking for a result in this case that would not involve jail time.”
Prosecutors are against Yovino being enrolled in the Supervised Diversion program, which, if successfully completed, would result in the dismissal of charges of falsely reporting an incident and tampering with physical evidence. The charges carry a maximum five-year prison sentence.
Yovino’s admittedly false rape claim — made earlier this year, when she was 18 — led to two Sacred Heart University football players losing their sports scholarships and getting suspended from their team.
Pressed by authorities about inconsistencies in her account, Yovino eventually admitted that she’d had consensual sex with the two football players in a bathroom during a football club party, then lied about it in hopes of winning the sympathy of a third male student whom she wanted to date.
Other witnesses confirmed that she’d gone willingly into the bathroom with the two players.
After court Friday, Yovino and her mother rushed out of Bridgeport Superior Court without speaking to reporters.
Yovino will undergo the evaluation prior to her next court date, Oct. 11.”
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