Smith says "when we found this out, we couldn't believe there was even a story like this. It blows your mind that something that wild can even be created." "This isn't something that I wish upon anyone that is innocent," says Hickler. In January of 2011 Smith and her fiance Hickler were accused of giving a 13-year-old girl drugs and alcohol, then having sexual contact with her. The accusations came after the girl stayed with the couple in their Monroe County home after her mother said she was getting into trouble where she lived. "She wanted us to take custody of her permanently and we told her No and I think that might come into play with why this happened and I think that she got in more trouble at home and this redirected the focus off of whatever she was doing," says Smith.
After deliberating for just a half an hour Friday the jury decided to drop all of the charges again Smith and Hickler and while the aquittal brings a major sigh of relief, they say the nightmare isn't over just yet. Hickler says "there's a lot of things we can't even get done because people still accuse us of this, so for the safety of our children and ours as well I think we are going to try a new beginning and start over." The couple has two little girls and the money they had been saving for a wedding is all gone. Smith says "to little girls you can't really talk about this type of thing. We tried to stay as normal as possible, but children and youth were involved and it was not normal."
Now, after their names are cleared the couple has one thing to say to the girl who turned their lives upsidedown. "I hope she takes this as a learning experience to be truthful for the rest of her life," says Smith. When this all started the couple lived in Pocono Summit, but due to the investigation they were unable to renew their lease, forcing them to move to Bangor, Northampton County. They say they are most likely going to move out of the area completely to keep their family safe.