The Lincoln Stars released the following statement:
"The USHL and Lincoln Stars are aware of the incident involving a pair of players that competed during the 2013-14 season, and both the League and organization have been in cooperation with authorities throughout the legal process. The players have been previously suspended indefinitely due to violating the USHL Player Code of Conduct, and that suspension has continued throughout the investigation of the matter. It is a privilege to play in the USHL, and we demand the highest standards both on and off the ice in terms of how players conduct themselves, as they are representing not only themselves, but their organization, community, and the League. We will continue to cooperate with authorities and monitor the legal process and will have a final determination of the players' status in the USHL once that process has concluded."
If convicted, Smith and Carey could face more than 20 years in prison. Their first court date is July 10th in Clay County, Minn.
Source: Emily Welker/The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and WDAY TV