Judge rejects probation in college false rape case

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'A former Sacred Heart University student, accused of making up rape allegations against two football players to gain sympathy from a prospective boyfriend, was denied a pretrial probation program Friday.

"This kind of false report is lethal to all true victims,” Superior Court Judge Maureen Dennis stated in denying accelerated rehabilitation for 19-year-old Nikki Yovino. “Her actions altered two lives in a significant way. If not for the extraordinary efforts involved in this investigation, the lives of these two young men could have been altered much more severely.”

As Yovino stood beside her lawyer, Mark Sherman, grimacing, Sherman told the judge, “She is sorry it happened, she is sorry it is here. This is not a guilty plea in any way. There are defenses we expect to exercise down the road.”'

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