BAY CITY, Texas -- A newly widowed housewife has been arrested and charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy.
Kacie Smith, 25, faces two counts of sexual assault of a child and five counts of indecency with a child.
"I didn't know we had people like that living in our neighborhood," said Juan Flores. "I sure didn't."
Neighbors said Smith's husband, 34-year-old Scott Smith, passed away a week before Christmas from a heart condition. People on Bay Ridge Boulevard banded together and brought food and prayers to the young mother of a three-year-old boy.
Bay City police Lt. Robert Lister said some neighbors started noticing a 16-year-old boy going in and out of the house.
"There's no reason for this juvenile to be at this adult's house where there are no children his age," said Lt. Lister. "The neighbors started talking amongst each other and realized what was going on."
Police say a witness also provided them with text messages from Smith, talking about the relationship.
Smith was arrested on Jan. 25 and her bond was set at $450,000 dollars. She is now out on bond.
Neighbor Wayne Moore heard the news for the first time when KHOU showed up.
"I know it happens all the time, but next door neighbor? It's kind of surprising," Moore said.