John Balyo Sentenced To 40 Years In Child Sex Case
Former Radio Host

John Balyo Sentenced To 40 Years In Child Sex Case

Former Christian radio host John Balyo was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison for sex crimes involving children. Although he was well-known and respected in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, community, authorities said Balyo was living a double life.

Prior to his arrest, John Balyo hosted the morning program on 91.3 WCSG. Described as “family friendly” and “commercial free,” WCSG is a Christian radio station sponsored by Cornerstone University.

In June, Balyo was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography. Authorities said the former radio host sexually abused an 11-year-old boy on at least three occasions. The boy’s time was reportedly purchased through a website, which specializes in arranging sexual encounters between minor boys and adult men.

During a search of Balyo’s home and storage unit, authorities uncovered a disturbing collection of child pornography. The collection included photos of a young boy, who was later identified as the 12-year-old victim. Authorities also found photos of the former radio host with an anatomically correct child-sized mannequin. As reported by Detroit Free Press, John Balyo used the mannequin to enact “a sexual kidnapping fantasy.”

MLive reports that authorities also recovered a “bondage kit,” which included chains, duct tape, handcuffs, nylon rope, and rubber gloves. Officials believe Balyo planned to use the items to bind and possibly harm a child.

In August, John Balyo plead guilty to sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography. In her sentencing memorandum, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tessa K. Hessmiller detailed the complexity of the defendant’s crimes.

“Balyo operated under the radar, living a double life. On the outside, he was a law-abiding, charitable, upstanding citizen. He was able to gain people’s trust, leading no one to suspect anything was amiss… underneath the surface, he was feeding a morbid and sadistic fascination with children.”

During sentencing, Judge Robert Holmes Bell acknowledged John Balyo’s double life, stating “there’s the Christian man with a reputation as a value-driven individual… but there is something else going on that is troubling… filthy, obscene.” He then sentenced the former radio host to a minimum 25 years for sexual exploitation of a child and a minimum of 15 years for possession of child pornography. As the sentences will run consecutively, Balyo will spend a minimum of 40 years in a federal prison.

Although he was married at the time of his arrest, John Balyo’s wife was granted a divorce prior to his sentencing hearing. The judge also ordered that his assets be sold to support his unborn child.

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