October 21, 2014

Hockey player accused of making sex video with minor appears in court

Nineteen year old Thomas Carey, a member of the Lincoln Stars hockey team accused of using a minor to make a sex video in Moorhead, MN., appeared in court on Thursday.

Carey is charged with using a minor in a sexual performance, possession of child pornography and distributing child pornography.  Prosecutors say Carey and nineteen-year old teammate Brandon Smith made the video in a Moorhead motel during a road trip this past February.

Defense attorney Bruce Quick says when the facts come out, the perception of the case will be “vastly different.”  Carey was released without bond on the condition that he avoids contact with the victim and makes future court appearances.


Lincoln Stars hockey players charged with making sex tape

Brandon Smith (L) and Thomas Carey (R), will be charged for making a sex tape with a minor (photo/LincolnStars.com)

Brandon Smith (L) and Thomas Carey (R), will be charged for making a sex tape with a minor (photo/LincolnStars.com)

Two members of the Lincoln Stars hockey team are facing felony charges in Moorhead, Minnesota, for allegedly making a sex video with a 15-year old girl.

19-year olds Thomas Carey and Brandon Smith are each charged with using a minor in a sexual performance, possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography.

The video was made in a Moorhead motel room in February when the team was visiting to the play the Fargo Force.

Clay County Attorney Brian Melton says a cell phone video circulated among an unknown number of USHL hockey players.  Carey and Smith will be expected to turn themselves in before their first court appearance.

Smith was a forward on the Stars hockey team from Castaic, CA.  Carey was also a forward on the team with Moorhead listed as his hometown.

Smith played in 58 games and was the team’s fourth leading scorer.  Carey appeared in 38 games.

(Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton)

Two Lincoln hockey players involved in a criminal sexual conduct investigation

Two members of the Lincoln Stars hockey team are involved in a criminal sexual conduct investigation in Moorhead, MN. Court documents say the 18-year old players had sex with a 15-year old girl in a Moorhead hotel room on Feb. 15, when the team was in two to play the Fargo Force.

A search warrant affidavit says one of the players took a ten-second video of the encounter and it has circulated to other teams within the league.

Police LT. Tory Jacobson said on Feb. 22, their department received a complaint call from an adult parent that reported the misconduct.

The Lincoln Stars are a member of the United States Hockey League.

Lincoln Stars center drafted by Blackhawks

The NHL held its draft on Sunday. Luke Johnson, a center who played the last two seasons with the Lincoln Stars was drafted by the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the fifth round. Johnson scored 39 goals and 101 points in 112 games with the Stars.

Lincoln Stars set for decisive game 5 on Tuesday

Sioux Falls Stampede 1 @ Lincoln Stars 4

The Lincoln Stars closed out game three of their USHL Western Conference semifinal playoff series with three unanswered goals to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series on Friday. Vinni Lettieri put Lincoln on the scoreboard with this first USHL career playoff goal midway through the first period. Zeb Knutson responded to tie the game early in the second frame with his second of the postseason. Zach Aston-Reese then took over as he regained the lead for Lincoln two minutes later and then scored again in the third period to push the advantage to two goals. Eric Scheid added an insurance goal for the Stars late in the contest.

Michael Bitzer earned his second straight victory after making 32 saves in net for the Stars. Game Four of the series is on Saturday night in Lincoln.

Sioux Falls Stampede 2 @ Lincoln Stars 1

With their backs against the wall and facing elimination, the Stampede won a tight contest on Saturday to force a decisive fifth game with Lincoln. Following a scoreless first period, defenseman Vincent Muto scored his first USHL career playoff goal just 1:28 into the second frame. Sam Rothstein made it a two-goal lead with his first postseason goal midway through the third period. Defenseman Paul LaDue netted a shorthanded goal with six minutes left to pull Lincoln within a goal, but the Stampede would hang on thanks to 11 saves in the third by Charlie Lindgren who stopped 22 for the game.

The deciding fifth game of the series will take place on Tuesday in Sioux Falls with the winner advancing to the Western Conference Finals.

Highlights from Game 4 courtesy of USHL’s YouTube Channel.