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Miley Cyrus’ date turns self in, posts bail

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In this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 photo, Miley Cyrus hugs Jesse Helt at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The young homeless man who accompanied Cyrus to the VMAs has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon. Helt gained worldwide attention Sunday when Cyrus let him accept her award for Video of the Year.

DALLAS, Ore. — The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail, an Oregon official said Thursday night.

Jesse Helt, 22, turned himself in at the Polk County Jail in the Willamette Valley community of Dallas, Oregon, was booked on a probation violation warrant and then posted $2,500 bail, said Martin Silbernagel, director of Polk County Community Corrections .

Helt will be expected to appear before a judge in about two weeks, Silbernagel said in a telephone interview.

Court records show that Helt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass several years ago and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation. The arrest warrant was issued in November 2011 after he violated probation.

Records show he was arrested in 2010 and accused of breaking into the apartment of a man who had been selling what Helt believed to be bad marijuana.

Helt moved to Los Angeles and lived on the streets while trying to find work as a model.

He gained worldwide attention Sunday when Cyrus let him accept her award for video of the year. Helt, who met Cyrus through the Hollywood homeless center My Friend's Place, used the platform to call attention to the issue of youth homelessness.

"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."

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