22-year-old Joshua Honea, a former Las Vegas Police Explorer, was arrested on July 23rd and charged with sexually assaulting an underage girl, beginning when she was 11 years old. He was caught after detectives listened in on a phone call he made to the girl telling her to lie about their relationship when investigators questioned her.

The two met when she was in sixth grade and he was a counselor at her school. Honea acted as her mentor while he was a volunteer Explorer Scout, an organization that gives teenagers on-the-job police experience. The girl is now 16 years old and she chose not to say anything for a long time because Honea threatened her and her family. Honea told the victim that his sexual advances to her were okay because he was with the Las Vegas Police Department’s Metro command.

The victim told the police that it began with kissing when she was 11, then escalated into sex acts and exchanging naked photos. By the time she was 12, their relationship included intercourse. Honea often brought the girl to the police station where he volunteered, but officers didn’t suspect him because they initially thought the two acted more like siblings. But a supervisor overheard Honea saying he wanted to date the girl and detectives began investigating him.

Honea was charged with 10 counts of lewdness with a child under the age of 14. He is now being held at the Clark County Detention Center.