Woman accused of lying about rape to decide on plea deal

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Nikki Yovino

BRIDGEPORT — A former Sacred Heart University student accused of lying about being raped by two school football players in Connecticut will appear next month to respond to a plea deal offer that calls for a two-year prison sentence.

She will appear in court to enter a plea on July 14.

Nikki Yovino, of South Setauket, New York, is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Monday to tell a judge her decision.

Yovino’s lawyer has said she stands by her account that the two football players at the Fairfield school sexually assaulted her in a bathroom during an off-campus party in October. The players told police they had consensual sex with her.

Police allege Yovino lied because she worried a third student would lose romantic interest in her if he found out she had sex with the football players.