MENOMINEE—A former-Menominee County Sheriff’s Deputy was arraigned in the 95-A District Court of Menominee on Friday, following his recent arrest on an 11-count felony complaint.
Brian William Helfert, 57, Menominee, was charged Child Sexually Abusive Activity, four counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct—First Degree, three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct—Third Degree, Assault with Intent to Commit Penetration, Gross Indecency Between Males and filed a Sexually Delinquent Person Notice.
An investigation by the Menominee Police Department (MPD) led to the arrest of the defendant.
Menominee County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey T. Rogg will be personally handling the case and is not seeking the appointment of a special prosecutor pursuant to MCL 49.160. “A request for the appointment of a special prosecutor must rely on more than a mere claim that someone might question whether a prosecutor should be disqualified. I am confident that I possess the impartiality, ability, expertise and other resources necessary to fairly prosecute the case through to its conclusion, including any interlocutory or post-conviction appeals,” said Rogg.
The charges arise from a number of incidents alleged to have occurred between April 2013 and December 2019. The facts filed with the Court in support of the felony complaint allege a six-year history of sexual assault and abuse of the victim at the hands of Helfert. The victim reported to police that he felt compelled to come forward at this time when he learned of Helfert’s plea and sentencing in another case in the 41st Circuit Court in 2020.
Helfert is currently serving a six-month jail sentence after previously pleading guilty to attempted accosting of a teenager for immoral purposes.
After Helfert’s sentencing in December 2020, Rogg invited other potential victims to come forward, saying that “every allegation against Mr. Helfert will be fully investigated by the MPD and can still be prosecuted by me.”
Helfert has retained attorney Trenton M. Stupak, of Escanaba, to represent him. District Court Judge Robert J. Jamo scheduled a Probable Cause Conference in the case for May 14, 2021, at 8 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for May 21 at 8:30 a.m. Bond was established by Judge Jamo in the amount of $250,000.00, cash or surety.
The charges are allegations and all criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.