Menominee County sergeant fired and under investigation

MENOMINEE COUNTY –The Menominee County Sheriff’s Office recently fired a sergeant after an investigation revealed he violated Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, Sergeant Brian Helfert was “Fired for violating sheriff’s office, policies, procedures and rules of conduct.”

A statement from Sheriff Kenny Marks said, “Violating rules of conduct will not be tolerated!”

The case was reviewed by Cohl, Stoker & Toskey, P.C. The agency also provided a labor law consultation to the sheriff’s office. The release said criminal charges may also be filed, and Menominee County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey T. Rogg will make that determination. According to the Prosecuting Attorney, Helfert is the deputy under investigation for criminal sexual conduct against a Menominee High School student. Although Helfert is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

According to a previous release from the Menominee Police Department, investigators received information from Michigan Child Protective Services regarding allegations of Criminal Sexual Conduct by a Menominee County Sheriff’s Deputy against a 16-year-old Menominee High School student.