Former Christian Radio Host Sentenced for Child Sex Assault

John Balyo (Calhoun County jail)
John Balyo (Calhoun County jail)

A former host at a popular Christian radio station in western Michigan has been sentenced to 25 to 50 years in state prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy.

A Calhoun County judge handed down the punishment to John Balyo on Monday after he pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct in September. The 35-year-old had admitted to sexually assaulting the boy at a Battle Creek hotel in May.

Balyo also pleaded guilty in a separate case in July to federal charges of sexual exploitation and possessing child pornography. His sentencing is set for December in Grand Rapids.

Balyo was a host at Christian radio station WCSG in Grand Rapids until his arrest in June at a Christian music festival in northern Michigan.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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