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Nikki Yovino, Sacred Heart University student accused of filing false rape charges.

BRIDGEPORT  — A Long Island woman accused of false rape allegations against two Sacred Heart University football players has been sentenced in a Connecticut court.

The Connecticut Post reports 19-year-old Nikki Yovino was sent to prison Tuesday after Yovino decided during jury selection to instead accept a plea deal of a year in prison.

Police say Yovino claimed she had been raped by two students in a bathroom during an off-campus party. She eventually said the allegations were made up, as the two men admitted to having consensual sex with her.

According to police, Yovino made up the story because she didn’t want to lose another male student as a friend and potential boyfriend. The two football players are considering suing Yovino.

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