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(POLK COUNTY, Ore.) — Jesse Helt, the homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards, turned himself into authorities in Oregon and posted bail after being sought on an arrest warrant for a probation violation.

Helt was originally arrested in 2010 for “criminal mischief,” among other charges. He pleaded guilty/no contest to the charges and received probation, which he violated the following year, authorities said.

A booking photo released by Polk County Community Corrections officials shows Helt wearing a black shirt, his expression blank.

The arrest comes four days after Helt entered the public spotlight. He took the stage at Sunday’s awards show after Cyrus won the video of the year award for “Wrecking Ball.”

“I’ve survived in shelters all over this city, I’ve cleaned your hotel rooms, I’ve been an extra in your movies, I’ve been an extra in your life,” Helt told the award show audience. “Though I may have been invisible to you on the streets, I have many of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight.”

Helt and Cyrus had met through My Friend’s Place — an organization that helps homeless youth find shelter, healthcare and education.

Linda Helt, Jesse’s mother, said she was thankful that he faced his legal obligation.

“I’m proud of him for doing what’s right,” she told ABC news. “I don’t condone running away from a problem.”
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