Man Who Called Woman ‘Chink’ on Tinder Was Charged With Raping Two Minors in 2011
Last week, San Francisco local Nick Vedovi made headlines after going on a racist and misogynist tirade towards a woman on Tinder after she apparently took too long to respond to his texts.
Facebook user Kevin Tran, who knew both Vedovi and the victim, posted the exchange online and called for everyone who knew Vedovi to unfriend him. The viral post soon caused other victims to come forward claiming to have been harassed by Vedovi in the past. The incident also earned Vedovi a lifetime ban on Tinder.
However, more information has come to light regarding Nick Vedovi’s history of sexual misconduct.
After NextShark reported on the incident, we received an email from a woman claiming that Vedovi had raped her and at least one other teenager in June 2010 when she was a 14-year-old highschooler. Vedovi was 18 at the time.
Using information provided by the alleged victim, we were able to obtain court documents from the Contra Costa County Court Records Office detailing the 2011 case wherein Nick Vedovi was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor three years younger than him and one count of assault and battery, all classified as misdemeanors.
A felony complaint was filed on July 20, 2010 and an arrest warrant was issued for Vedovi by Sgt. A. Charles of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. Vedovi’s bail was set for $20,000 and was paid in cash on July 21, 2010 by his father, Robert William Vedovi.
The victims, being minors, were unnamed in the case and listed as Jane Doe I and Jane Doe II.
According to court documents, Vedovi pleaded no contest to all three charges on November 18, 2011. On November 28, 2011, Vedovi changed his plea to guilty to the two counts of unlawful sex with a minor, originally filed as a felony but argued down to a misdemeanor, and the one count of assault and battery.
Vedovi agreed to the following plea deal: Three years for formal probation, 10 days in county jail with a credit for three days, and 90 days of electronic home detention. He was also ordered to stay away from both victims and write apology letters.
Additionally, Vedovi was ordered to pay a total of $16,359.87in restitution to one of the victims and ordered by his probation officer to attend sex offender counseling. Valerie Miramontes of the Contra Costa County Probation Department, who appeared at a hearing on May 4, 2012, agreed with the recommendation.
“Based on what I’ve read and with regard to the sexual history and reviewing the facts of the case and given that we have two victims here, I would find it absolutely it in the best interest of everybody for the defendant to pursue and complete sex offender treatment, not just a vague counseling go talk to someone.” Miramontes said in the hearing.
It was also noted during the May 2012 hearing that Vedovi had failed a polygraph examination when asked questions relating to his sexual history.
Vedovi’s sex offender counseling included one individual session and over two years of group sessions at the Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, beginning in early 2012 and concluding towards the end of 2014. At the conclusion of his counseling, he was deemed “low risk” for future sexual offense behavior, citing his graduation from UCSB, positive relationship with his girlfriend, and family support as “protective factors” in his life. His probation officer, Krista Knapp, indicated that he did not have to be entered on the sex offender registry .
Vedovi’s restitution was noted as paid in full on November 25, 2013. The case concluded on March 26, 2015 and was dismissed on August 14, 2015.
NextShark attempted to reach out to Nick Vedovi for comment on the number listed in the court documents as well as his social media accounts, but the number had already been disconnected and his accounts had been deactivated.
We’ll be making more efforts to reach out to Vedovi and will update this post once we have more information. A part of the court records obtained by NextShark is available below (the name of the victim’s mother has been withheld).
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