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Miley Cyrus' homeless date at VMAs, Jesse Helt, turns himself into authorities

Jesse Helt, the homeless man who got more than his 15 minutes of fame since appearing at the MTV Video Music Awards telecast on Sunday night, turned himself in to the Polk County jail on Thursday night, according to a USA Today report on Friday. Helt became instantly famous when he accepted a top-notch Video Music Award for Miley Cyrus. Cyrus won the award for Best Video of the Year for her “Wrecking Ball” song and video.

Miley Cyrus with Jesse Helt
NBC News screenshot

Helt, the 22-year-old homeless person, reportedly turned himself in at the Polk County Community Corrections in Dallas, Oregon. Shortly after he appeared on the popular awards show on Sunday night, word was that he was a wanted man by authorities. He has an outstanding warrant for probation violation and has now been booked into the jail. His booking occurred at approximately 8:30 local time, according to Sheriff Bob Wolfe.

Sheriff Wolfe said that Helt’s bail was set at $25,000. Helt was allowed to post 10 percent of the bail. The sheriff said that the subject arrived at the jail with that amount of money on him. Martin Silbernagel, the Polk County Community Corrections director, said that Helt will need to appear before a judge in approximately two weeks from now.

Helt’s instant fame came when the pop songstress Cyrus chose Helt to give her acceptance speech. In the speech he gave, he read off of note cards to speak about homeless youth in America. Cyrus met him, according to ABC News, at a homeless shelter for youths in Los Angeles last week. The shelter is called My Friend’s Place and is said to assist young people build self-sufficient lives.

It has not been made public as to whether the singer had knowledge of Helt’s arrest warrants in Oregon which date back four years to Nov. of 2010. His legal problems are in relation to criminal trespassing and mischief charges. Related to those charges, he failed to comply with his probation requirements as well as his urinalysis requirements. He currently owes the county in excess of $2,000 in court costs. He returned to Oregon via money that Cyrus gave him. The report says that it is not clear where Helt is currently living – but it is not at his family’s home in Oregon.

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