A Las Vegas man was convicted Monday of sexual assault of a minor after prosecutors said that he maintained a sexual relationship with a teenager that lasted for years.
Joshua Honea, 24, face more than 50 counts, including kidnapping, but was eventually found guilty on a battery charge, the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He could face up to life in prison as the maximum punishment for his hearing next year.
Honea was accused of in 2015 of maintaining a four-year sexual relationship with a girl that began when she was 11 years old.
I’m on the court with @brianarerick where the Former Las Vegas police Explorer Joshua Honea, 24, was convicted of sexual assault of a minor. He was accused of maintaining a yearslong sexual relationship with a teenager, from when she was 11, He was facing life in prison. #RJnow pic.twitter.com/9C1wkbJ06u
— Kevin M. Cannon (@kmcannonphoto) on December 18, 2017
The girl, now 18, recanted her statement on the witness stand and remains unnamed because the alleged relationship took place when she was still a minor.
The Review-Journal writes that prior to his arrest, Honea was in a police program for young adults who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. It was during this time that his colleagues allegedly reopening of an investigation into the rumors that Honea was involved with a young girl, because they believed that he was a whistleblower on the behaviour of the police, the newspaper.
Jonathan MacArthur, Honea’s lawyer, said his client was focused on the Metropolitan Police Department, after he had been reported to police misconduct.
Honea is due back in court for sentencing on 16 April.