Man charged in Marion County sex battery says he needs mental help, cops say

Published On: Apr 22 2014 11:47:00 AM EDT
MARION COUNTY, Fla. -

A Marion County man has been arrested on capital sexual battery charges after deputies say he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old and said during his interview that he has an addiction that needs mental help.

Michael Helmick, 38, was charged by Marion County Sheriff's Office on Monday with two counts of sexual battery after two inappropriate contact incidents with the 10-year-old victim.

While Helmick was being interviewed by deputies, he said, "I'm not the normal guy that everyone thinks I am," according to the report, and said he has been accused and/or arrested five separate times on sexual based offenses.

During those accusations, Helmick said he has asked for mental help for several years and has not received it, deputies said.

Helmick also said that he has an addiction to adult pornography and dates females "much younger" than he is, according to the report.

Helmick was taken to Marion County Jail.

Deputies said to contact them at 352-369-6845 if you have any information on Helmick's contact with children.

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