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Miley Cyrus' VMA date turns himself in to Oregon authorities

By Faith Karimi and Joe Sutton, CNN
updated 5:11 AM EDT, Fri August 29, 2014
Miley Cyrus was excited about Jesse Helt escorting her to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. She posted their picture on social media with the caption "My date :) #jesse #myfriendsplace #mtvVMAs2014." Miley Cyrus was excited about Jesse Helt escorting her to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. She posted their picture on social media with the caption "My date :) #jesse #myfriendsplace #mtvVMAs2014."
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jesse Helt took center stage at Sunday's VMA broadcast
  • He accepted the video of the year award on behalf of the pop star
  • Helt used the spotlight to talk about issues affecting homeless youth

(CNN) -- A homeless man who attended the MTV Video Music Awards with Miley Cyrus has turned himself in to police, authorities said.

Jesse Helt, 22, took center stage at Sunday's VMA broadcast when he accepted the video of the year award on behalf of the pop star.

Booking photo of Jesse Helt, who turned himself into Polk County police.
Booking photo of Jesse Helt, who turned himself into Polk County police.

He used the spotlight to talk about issues affecting homeless youth.

"I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now," Helt said. "I know this because I am one of these people."

Miley Cyrus' date to VMAs wanted by cops

Shortly after his appearance, Oregon authorities said he had an arrest warrant that was issued in November 2011 after he allegedly violated his parole following a criminal trespass conviction. Helt grew up in northwest Oregon, where his mother still lives.

He turned himself in Thursday night, posted $2,500 in bail and left, according to Martin Silbernagel, the community corrections director for Polk County, Oregon.

Helt was initially arrested in October 2010 on burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass charges. The burglary count was dismissed, but he was convicted of the mischief and trespass counts, authorities said.

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