Prosecutor says Michigan Christian Radio Host, John Balyo, Admitted to Child Rape

John Balyo (Photo: Calhoun County jail)
John Balyo (Photo: Calhoun County jail)

A former host on a Christian radio station who was arrested on first-degree criminal sex charges involving children, admitted to raping a 12-year-old boy, the Calhoun County, Mich., prosecutor said Monday.

John Balyo, 35, of Caledonia, Mich., is accused of paying another man to arrange sex with underage boys.

Balyo was ordered Monday to be held without bond after prosecutor David Gilbert said Balyo made incriminating statements to investigators.

“The defendant did make admissions to count one of the complaint,” Gilbert told Calhoun County District Court Magistrate David Heiss during Balyo’s arraignment.

In addition to the first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge — which is a penetration offense — Balyo also is charged with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct — a touching offense. Battle Creek, Mich., police have alleged he had a sexual encounter with a 12-year-old boy in Battle Creek on May 17.

Balyo, the former host of a program on WCSG-FM, a Christian radio station associated with Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich., was arrested Friday at a Christian music event.

Earlier Monday, WCSG General Manager Chris Lemke addressed the scandal on-air:

“The WCSG family was shocked and saddened to learn WCSG Morning Show host, John Balyo was arrested amid allegations which have since then been much publicized,” said Lemke. “On Saturday, WCSG and Cornerstone University ended its affiliation with John.”

Immediately after his arrest, WCSG executives placed Balyo on paid administrative leave. But within 24 hours, the station had severed ties with the troubled DJ.

In his comments, Lemke attempted to do more damage control.

“I want you, our radio family, to know that more than ever WCSG exists to serve as a Christ centered influence through compelling content, relevant platforms and passionate relationships,” Lemke said. “Our vision is to be an encouraging and engaging media influence for Christ and his church, his kingdom and you here in West Michigan and around the world.”

Lemke reminded his Christian audience that “absolutely no one is immune from falling into the darkness of sin.” He then prayed that any broken trust be restored.

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SOURCE: Trace Christenson
Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer

One comment

  1. Reblogged this on Growing Woman of Christ. and commented:
    This 12 year old boy needs much prayer. Pray He stands strong in his faith and let this not burden his heart. I pray this does not turn him away from God but rather bring him closer to Him. My heart goes out to this young man.
    Also do not forget to pray for God to change this man’s heart. Help Him to see the light of God. No matter if He’s calling himself a Christian, it’s obvious He doesn’t see the light of God yet. PRAY FOR HIM! My heart goes out to any and all people who do not know God.

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