When Miley Cyrus put a homeless young man named Jesse on national television to make a plea for homeless youth in America at the VMAs, it was one of the night's most poignant moments. Now, information is coming to light about the 22-year-old's troubles with the law.
Not long after the VMAs, his mother confirmed to The Oregonian that Miley's Jesse was her son, Jesse Helt, a native of Salem, Oregon. And on Tuesday, Inside Edition spoke with an Oregon court official who revealed that Jesse Helt was arrested for attempting to break into an apartment four years ago. Billboard contacted the Salem police department and confirmed the 2010 incident.
Courts documents obtained by Inside Edition and shared with Billboard detail Helt's attempt to break into a Salem apartment in Oct. 2010. Helt was charged with criminal trespassing and criminal mischief. According to the AP, a warrant is currently out for his arrest.
Months later, Helt's probation officer filed documents stating that Helt skipped a probation check-in appointment and failed a drug test. Helt admitted to smoking marijuana, writing and signing a statement in March 2011 concerning his probation violation. The statement ended with the following promise: "For the sake of my freedom I have chosen to stop smoking weed and from now on I will not violate my probation."
Since then, Spin reports that he briefly attended community college and worked at the Oregon State Fair. While attempting to start a modeling career in Los Angeles, the AP reports that Helt lived on the streets. Spin also excerpted this quote from his Facebook page: "I'm really super nice.and i get along with most people.i hate haters and lazy fat people.and fake-chistians.i only love those who love themselves."
Speaking to The Oregonian, Helt's mother said her son met Cyrus when she visited a Los Angeles center for homeless youth, and she appreciates the attention the VMAs have given him: "He was at the right place at the right time. It's time for him to have some good luck. He needs to be blessed."
As for Helt's troubles with the law, Inside Edition will run their full report on Tuesday night.