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.