Christian radio host sought young boys

Christian radio host sought young boys

A MICHIGAN radio personality known for his work on “family friendly” Christian broadcasts has appeared in court on charges of paying a middleman to arrange sexual encounters with young boys, authorities said.

John Balyo, 35, of Caledonia, Michigan, was arraigned in Calhoun County District Court on a charge of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree with a child under the age of 13. Balyo was arrested following an investigation by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Michigan State Police, according to a statement issued by ICE.

A preliminary hearing was set for July 7 and Balyo was ordered held without bail.

Balyo allegedly paid another man to arrange sexual encounters with boys, according to law enforcement officials. He was arrested at the Big Ticket Festival – an annual Christian music festival in Michigan.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, radio station, WCSG said that Balyo was no longer affiliated with it, and General Manager Chris Lemke issued a statement asking for prayers for:

Justice to prevail. We are shocked and deeply saddened by the news … we trust in a God who is just and sovereign and will see us through this difficult time.

WCSG bills itself as a “family friendly” radio station and an “influence for Christ.”

Balyo’s arrest was connected to an investigation and arrest of another Michigan man, Ronald Lee Moser, said Battle Creek Police Detective Jim Martens. Moser was charged this month with sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of a child and possession and distribution of child pornography.

According to court documents, Moser created an online profile seeking people “into kids” and posted online albums containing images of children with titles that included “The Best Boy”, “sweet young” and “sweet body”.

One image contained in the albums showed a boy lying face down on a bed with his hands tied to the corners of the bed and his legs spread, court documents state.

The Balyo and Moser cases are part of an investigation dubbed Operation Predator, launched in 2003 by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit, which has so far led to the arrests of more than 10,000 people for crimes against children.

Following Balyo’s arrest, his wife issued an appeal for donations. Bethany Balyo is seeking $50,000 to support her and her son as they deal with court costs, counselling, loss of income, and other hardships stemming from his arrest.

Balyo and his wife Bethany

Balyo and his wife Bethany

When officials searched a storage unit rented by Balyo, they found duct tape, handcuffs, chains, and other items as part of a “bondage kit”. They also found a padlock, children’s socks, rubber gloves, and clippings of missing child reports and child obituaries.

His wife, who married Balyo just seven weeks before his arrest, told her supporters that the events have shattered her life.

Her YouCaring crowdfunding page reads:

This now single mom is now experiencing something that no person should have to endure. Your generosity and compassion will help Bethany and her son with unexpected expenses such as counselling, medical care, loss of income, Bethany’s personal court costs and just everyday living expenses due to these tragic circumstances.

Bethany has always been the first one to reach out and help others, now it’s our turn to help her and her son.

Around $13,000 has been raised so far.

The comments section of the crowdfunding page was filled with best wishes and prayers for Bethany and her son during this difficult time.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

22 responses to “Christian radio host sought young boys”

  1. Broga says:

    ” we trust in a God who is just and sovereign and will see us through this difficult time.”

    The gullibility continues. They don’t seem to wonder why their “just” God got them into this mess in the first place. Or question the effect, so often destructive, of religious belief which is preached as being encouraging goodness.

    Tough on his wife.

  2. TrickyDicky says:

    It’s those wonderful christian morals again.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    Following Balyo’s arrest, his wife issued an appeal for donations. Bethany Balyo is seeking $50,000 to support her and her son as they deal with court costs, counselling, loss of income, and other hardships stemming from his arrest.

    WTF?! Get out and get working instead of begging online. And why $50,000? She’s using the whole thing as an opportunity to scam.

  4. Angela_K says:

    @Agentcormac. Surely Balyo could pray to her god to provide, but she’ll be disappointed.

  5. John Irving says:

    And in the meantime what about the poor victim. all the money donated should be sent to him and his family to help prosecute Baylo and not to assist this monster.

  6. gedediah says:

    When good things happen thank god. When bad things happen god will help put it right. It’s a total disconnect.

  7. Mephistophiles says:

    Not one mention of remorse for any of the child victims involved from these Christards.

  8. Mephisto says:

    Asking for $50000?…how does anybody know she isn’t actually in on the abuse?

  9. Alan says:

    ‘Christian radio host sought young boys’ – well what a surprise!
    And yet some gullible fools have actually contributed to the appeal.

  10. Trevor Blake says:

    Mr. Balyo has indeed gone against his faith. Raping boys is wrong in the eyes of God. If he had only raped girls that he seized in war, that is right in the eyes of God. “And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? … Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves” – Numbers 31:15-18. Let us pray Mr. Balyo will return to what his faith says he should do.

  11. chrsbol says:

    Judging by what was found in the storage unit there could be more to follow. On a lighter note why not share the ramadan experience, you know you want to.

  12. barriejohn says:

    According to WCSG’s appalling Wikipedia enrtry, it “is known as an inspirational format leader among Christian radio stations nationwide. Through its music and programming, and with its outreach events, its staff hope individuals receive a greater understanding of who God is and how they might better live for and serve Him.” Yeurgh!

  13. barriejohn says:

    Here’s a link to Balyo’s twitter page. It’s full of those meaningless little saws so beloved of “devout” Christians:

    “The best way to change your world is to allow the Holy Spirit to continue to change your life!” (from Hillsong – where else?)

  14. AgentCormac says:

    Thanks, barriejohn – I nearly saw my dinner again there! And clearly the best way to ‘change your world’ is to stop being so feckin’ stupid and realise that there actually is no such thing as the ‘holy spirit’.

  15. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: I read through Balyo’s twitter page, transfixed by the glutinous bullshit. The following is one of his sickly comments which he can now try out close up and personal.

    “I believe in grace, but sometimes guilt gets the job done faster”

  16. barriejohn says:

    Broga: I did see that one. What the bloody hell does it mean?

  17. Vanity Unfair says:

    There seems to be a slight problem here. So far he has not been found guilty of any offence. Indeed, he has only been in court on (in English terms) committal proceedings. If this were an English case most of the comments above would be in contempt of court and the authors and publishers thereof would be in danger of being locked up until they had purged their contempt. If he is eventually found not guilty he could bring actions for defamation and claim damages against the authors and publishers. USA laws are similar but, of course, different.
    As an added attraction if this website is available in the USA the courts and parties might still be able to start proceedings. We have seen recently that European banks have been heavily fined in the USA even when they have no presence there.
    Mr. Duke, your holiday in Las Vegas (I’m sure you have better taste) might be longer and more expensive than you think.

  18. barriejohn says:

    V Unfair: We have had this problem before, especially when commenting on American cases, but I think you’re being a bit alarmist; only a couple of comments seem to assume guilt here, and ought to have been reworded really.

  19. remigius says:

    barriejohn, yep. It would seem that some people just don’t realise that naming the accused, and outlining the charges against them, is absolutely vital in ensuring that they get justice – and that justice is seen to be done.

    We have, indeed, covered this many times on this site. See my reply to 5i5i at 1:34pm

  20. remigius says:

    And, er, Vanity Unfair. You may want to read up on English law before making an arse of yourself on a public forum.

  21. Robster says:

    Why oh why is anyone surprised at this? It’s long been the case than anybody expressing a christian belief or to be employed by a religious organisation is by implication to be considered a child sex offender until proven otherwise. OK there are other vocations open to kiddy fiddling, example (ugh) Rolf Harris but the bulk of child sex offenders, a big bulk I might add, were religious clergy or working in some capacity for a church when they offended. It won’t be too long before only very silly people will admit to following a christian faith and not be terminally embarrassed.

  22. Ex Patriot says:

    So , what else is new, things like this are no longer surprising at all. As far as the wife begging, too hell with her if she was dumb enough to marry a ass hat like him, she can go out and go to work