For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.
They were popular young men, and they had their entire futures ahead of them. All of their lives, they worked hard to make their families proud. The young men worked hard and excelled in school. Moreover, they worked hard and excelled on the football fields. In fact, they worked so hard that they both received scholarships to attend Sacred Heart University. Finally, their dreams had manifested. Finally, they made it…they made it…At least, that is what they thought until that dreadful night…that dreadful night when everything came to an end. All of their dreams, their hard work, and their reputations shattered…shattered…because of one dreadful night…one mistake…one act of deception…
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
A young lady, Nikki Yovino, claimed that she was raped while attending an off-campus party full of liquor and underage college students. Specifically, the teenager stated that two Sacred Heart football players repeatedly raped her in a tiny basement bathroom, located in a house at Lakeside Drive. She told police officers that she repeatedly asked the athletes to release her, “I don’t want to be in here. I don’t want to do anything. My friends are waiting for me outside. Let me go outside.” Despite her pleas, Yovino stated that the two individuals held her down and took turns sexually assaulting her. On October 15, law enforcers were dispatched to St. Vincent’s Medical Center for a sexual assault complaint. Naturally, school officials immediately dismissed the football players from the school because of the sexual assault allegations. Moreover, Detective Walberto Cotto Jr. stated in his affidavit that one of the players lost his Division I NCAA football scholarship, and he lost a year of NCAA football eligibility. In addition, a source revealed to Heart Connecticut Media that the other student lost his scholarship. For legal purposes, school officials are not releasing the names of the two athletes.
No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.
Months after the students had been dismissed from the team and school, the young lady, 18-year-old Nikki Yovino, admitted that she had fabricated. She made up the entire story. Neither football player had sexually assaulted her. Instead, witnesses stated that they overheard Yovino mention that she wanted to have sexual intercourse with the two football players. After hearing these testimonies from witnesses, Detective Cotto Jr. continued to question Yovino and discovered inconsistencies in her stories. Why would she falsely accuse the athletes of raping her? According to Detective Cotto’s records, Yovino lied on the two athletes because she wanted to gain sympathy from a potential boyfriend. She believed that she was about to lose the potential mate, and to prevent this from occurring, Yovino created the fabricated story to provoke both anger and sympathy from the prospective beau. Both athletes admitted to having sex with the young lady. However, they stated that the sexual act was consensual. As a result of the false allegations, Yovino was charged with second-degree false reporting of an incident and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
Even though, the case may be dismissed, this act can create havoc for the falsely accused males. They were already expelled from school, lost a year of NCAA eligibility, and they lost their scholarships. Moreover, the media and others have knowledge of the event, and the records of the athletes have been stained. A conviction would have definitely blemished their records. Fortunately, this was not the case. Luckily for the athletes, the accuser (after being pressured by Detective Cotto Jr.) admitted that she had lied on the young men. However, imagine that the detective had not noticed the discrepancies in the accuser’s stories, and imagine that the athletes had been arrested but later released. Once arrested, a public record is created and entered into the Texas Crime Information Center database, the National Crime Information Center database, and into county records. How would the innocent individuals repair their records? Hopefully, they would seek the assistance of a qualified criminal defense attorney who would be responsible for redacting the record or removing sensitive information, such as arrests and criminal charges from their records and preventing it from being published and accessible to the public or private entities.
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
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