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Christian Morning Host Arrested: Criminal Sexual Conduct

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  • Started 3 years ago by Craig_Adams
  • Latest reply from Chris_taylor

  1. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    According to Wikipedia, WCSG's slogan is "Family Friendly." This from All Access:

    ------------------------------WCSG's John Balyo Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct------------------------------

    CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY Contemporary Christian WCSG (91.3)/GRAND RAPIDS was rocked to the core on FRIDAY, JUNE 20th when Morning Show Host JOHN BALYO was arrested at the BIG TICKET FESTIVAL on a first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge.

    These allegations are a shock to both WCSG and the Christian music industry, as they have come to know and trust JOHN over the years, and have seen nothing in his character to indicate any type of problem.

    The arrest is a result of an investigation by MICHIGAN STATE POLICE, BATTLE CREEK POLICE, and HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS. BALYO is accused of paying a man to arrange sexual encounters with minors. He is being held in the CALHOUN COUNTY JAIL until arraignment.

    WCSG GM CHRIS LEMKE said, "Late FRIDAY morning we learned of the arrest and allegations against JOHN BALYO, WCSG morning radio host. We are shocked and deeply saddened by the news as you might be as well. We trust in a God who is just and sovereign and will see us through this difficult time.

    "Effective today (SATURDAY JUNE 21st) JOHN BALYO is no longer affiliated with WCSG radio. We ask you to join us in praying for God to be glorified through this situation and for justice to prevail. We also ask for your prayers for JOHN, his family, and all those involved surrounding the allegations.

    "We know you may have many questions that we don't have the answers to right now. We hope to be as transparent as possible about all the information that comes available. In that light, I’ll be sharing information and thoughts at 7:30a ET MONDAY during the WCSG morning show. Thank you for your support."

    Posted on June 23, 2014 - 09:19 AM #
  2. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    "BALYO faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years up to a maximum of 50 years in prison."

    This from All Access:

    ------------------Former WCSG Host John Balyo To Plead Guilty To Child Pornography Charges------------------

    CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY Contemporary Christian WCSG (91.3)/GRAND RAPIDS morning host JOHN BALYO will plead guilty to two federal charges of child sexual exploitation, reports ABC affiliate WZZM-TV/GRAND RAPIDS.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of MICHIGAN filed two counts against BALYO on WEDNESDAY alleging sexual exploitation of a 12-year-old boy to make child pornography and possession of child pornography.

    A plea deal will have BALYO plead guilty at a JULY 29th hearing and turn over computers and equipment he used to create the porn, while U.S. Attorney PATRICK MILES will not seek additional charges from a federal grand jury. BALYO faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years up to a maximum of 50 years in prison.

    Posted on July 25, 2014 - 11:30 PM #
  3. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    "BALYO paid a 12-year-old boy in KALAMAZOO COUNTY for sex, handcuffing the boy's hands and feet and tying the boy to a bed."

    --------------------Former WCSG Host John Balyo Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges--------------------

    As ALL ACCESS reported last week (NET NEWS 7/25), former CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY Contemporary Christian WCSG (91.3)/GRAND RAPIDS morning host JOHN BALYO has pleaded guilty to two federal charges of child sexual exploitation, reports the GRAND RAPIDS PRESS/MLIVE.COM.

    Pursuant to a plea deal, BALYO submitted a guilty plea TUESDAY (7/29) to counts of sexual exploitation of a 12-year-old boy to make child pornography and possession of child pornography. In court, BALYO told U.S. Magistrate Judge ELLEN CARMODY that he "performed a sexual act as described and I knowingly possessed the images on my camera. I knew it was wrong." The prosecution said that BALYO paid a 12-year-old boy in KALAMAZOO COUNTY for sex, handcuffing the boy's hands and feet and tying the boy to a bed.

    The deal requires BALYO to turn over computers and equipment he used to create the porn, and while U.S. Attorney PATRICK MILES will not seek additional charges from a federal grand jury, additional state charges may be forthcoming, and he faces a state charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct arising from an incident in which he allegedly paid a man to set up sexual encounters with an 11-year-old boy. BALYO faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years up to a maximum of 50 years in prison, and could spend the rest of his life in jail if convicted of state charges and ordered to serve the sentences consecutively.

    Posted on July 30, 2014 - 08:45 PM #
  4. RobP
    Member

    It's always the zealots that are the ones that do this kind of thing.

    Oh, and for the tool that tried to turn this into a political threat with one of the tags - it's not just Republicans.

    Posted on July 30, 2014 - 09:30 PM #
  5. skeptical
    Member

    Always the zealots? Don't think so. There are plenty of non-zealots that preach one thing and do another. Democrats don't tend to preach. That's why this is ALWAYS a political thing.

    I didn't add the tags, but I'll do one now.

    Posted on July 30, 2014 - 09:49 PM #
  6. Chris_taylor
    Member

    This is a societal issue. Not a zealot issue.

    Posted on July 30, 2014 - 11:32 PM #