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Ex-Michigan deputy charged in sex assault of boy, 16

MENOMINEE, Mich. (AP) — A former sheriff’s deputy in Michigan’s southwestern Upper Peninsula has been charged in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy.

Brian Helfert faces arraignment Jan. 22 on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, The EagleHerald in Marinette reported.

He was arrested Monday and released after posting bond.

Documents obtained by the newspaper state the boy told Menominee city police that sexual contact occurred on Nov. 10 while he was at Helfert’s home.

Helfert was fired Dec. 19 from the sheriff’s office where he worked as a school liaison officer and juvenile crime investigator.

The Associated Press left a message Wednesday seeking comment from Helfert’s attorney.

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