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Former Sheriff’s Deputy accused of sexual assault pleads guilty to lesser charge


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MENOMINEE, Mich. – A former sheriff’s deputy in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula accused in the sexual assault of a teenage boy has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Brian Helfert of Menominee pleaded guilty in court Friday to attempted accosting for immoral purposes, which carries a penalty of up to two years.

The 57-year-old was initially charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a trial expected this month. Helfert was fired from the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department in December.

His sentencing date on the new charges is Dec. 4.

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