SCOTT AFB — A 30-year-old Tech Sgt., from Scott Air Force Base who was the subject of a nationwide manhunt six weeks ago, is set to go to trial Aug. 24 at Scott on seven charges, including desertion, sexual assault causing harm, rape of a child
using force and sexual abuse of a child with a lewd act resulting in contact.
According to the Belleville News-Democrat, David Helm remains an inmate of Scott’s pretrial confinement facility.
The Air Force charged Helm on June 19 with desertion.
He was arrested in Reno, Nev., on June 8 — the same day he was set to face a court martial at Scott on charges he sexually abused two females, one of whom was younger than 16. Helm is also accused of videotaping “the private area” of the second minor.
Helm, who has connections in Marion County, was assigned to the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and vanished June 5. He had told friends in the days before his disappearance that he was headed to LaFollette, Tenn., to visit family.
However, Helm actually rode his Yamaha motorcycle to Nevada to tick off items from a personal “bucket list” that included skydiving and driving a high-performance McLaren P1 sports car in Las Vegas.
A Nevada Highway Patrol officer arrested Helm on the evening of June 8 outside Reno after stopping the fugitive for a broken motorcycle tail light.