College student who invented gang rape sentenced to a year in prison

University didn’t wait for evidence before punishing football players

Nikki Yovino was facing six years in prison on charges of falsely reporting she was raped and “tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.”

Thanks to a last-minute plea deal, the former Sacred Heart University student will only face one, and maybe not even that long.

Connecticut Post reports that Yovino agreed to plead guilty to “two counts of second-degree falsely reporting an incident and one count of interfering with police,” all misdemeanors. Notably, the prosecutors and judge in the case are all female:

“We were prepared to go to trial on the original felony charge, but after lengthy discussions with all parties involved and considering all outside factors, this was an appropriate disposition that will hopefully set a precedent about how serious the state takes this conduct,” Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tatiana Messina told the judge.

“The important thing is that the victims are happy with the disposition,” added Assistant State’s Attorney Emily Trudeau. …

MOREYovino faces up to six years in prison

Under the plea bargain, Yovino will be sentenced Aug. 23 to three years, suspended after she serves one year in prison and followed by three years’ probation.

“You understand you will be serving one year in jail?” the judge asked her.

“Yes,” Yovino said, nodding.

The young woman will get credit for time she has already served prior to the sentencing hearing, though, so she’ll likely spend less than a year in jail.

Yovino had accused two Sacred Heart football players of taking turns raping her in a bathroom at a party, but after witnesses told police that the sex was consensual, she admitted that she invented the gang rape because she wanted sympathy from a “potential boyfriend.” Yovino’s decision to report to police rather than campus authorities likely doomed her, since colleges are much less likely to look for or act on inconsistencies in claims by accusers.

The Catholic university’s claims that it neither expelled nor stripped the players of their scholarships “because of any allegations” have been challenged by both police and the Post.

It has yet to face any reckoning for punishing the players before any adjudication, though it settled an earlier lawsuit by a local man for wrongly putting his name and photo on leaflets it distributed after a reported off-campus rape. As part of that settlement, it publicly apologized to the man.

Read the Post article.

MOREPolice says Yovino invented rape to draw sympathy from ‘potential boyfriend’

MORESacred Heart apologizes for putting wrong man’s name, photo on leaflet

Melinda Gates Bashes ‘White Guys,’ Says She’ll Discriminate Against Them

Melinda Gates has decided to enter the venture capital world by sending her money to people based at least partly on their sex and skin color, she said in a recent Fortuneinterview.

“It’s been incredibly disappointing to watch how few women-led businesses are getting funded,” Gates said. “Ultimately, if we want more innovation and better products, we’ve got to put more money behind women and minorities. That wasn’t happening, so I decided to step in and see what I could do to help a little bit.”

Here are other portions of her interview where Gates specifically says some criteria for how she invests in startups are race and sex. She clearly says she preferences women and non-whites over men and white people, specifically for these immutable characteristics that have nothing inherently to do with business success. “Over-index” is essentially a financial or data version of affirmative action.