Christian Radio Host Arrested For Raping 11-Year-Old Boy

article-2670885-1F276DD100000578-976_634x648In Michigan, religious radio host John Balyo has been arrested for allegedly raping a child and paying a third party to arrange sexual encounters with children. Police say that a bondage kit was found in a storage locker maintained by Balyo.

article-2670885-1F17367C00000578-395_306x423Balyo, 35, of Caledonia, was arrested at the Big Ticket Christian music festival in Gaylord, Michigan on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was a Christian radio host on WCSG, which is operated by Cornerstone University. He is accused of paying another defendant to arrange sexual encounters with children. Police say that he has admitted to raping one 11 year old boy. Police found a ‘bondage kit’ of handcuffs, chains and duct tape in the storage unit. He reportedly also had piles of articles about missing children and children’s obituaries along with an erotic photography magazine.

These cases often raise a question in my mind as to whether it is appropriate, if found guilty, for a court to increase the sentence due to the defendant’s work as a religious host or organizer. This is not the type of position of authority that is often used to enhance sentences for judges or police officers or principals or teachers. I would think that it would not be appropriate to give him a more harsh sentence for hypocrisy. In the end, it will hardly matter if these charges are proven. Balyo, who recently married and acquired a stepson, is unlikely to see freedom for decades if convicted.

32 thoughts on “Christian Radio Host Arrested For Raping 11-Year-Old Boy

  1. This is where we could take a lesson from the religious extremists of other countries. This mutt is broken and should either be put down or locked up for the rest of his life. What will probably happen is that he will ‘seek’ counseling, become healed, and be readmitted into society in a few years. Irrespective of whether or not one believes in god or santa claus, these crimes are the most reprehensible of all. He has ruined the innocence that happens once in a persons life. Regardless of how he was treated in his youth, regardless of mental state, this animal should never be allowed back in society. This is outside of forgiveness and rehabilitation.

  2. “Police found a ‘bondage kit’ of handcuffs, chains and duct tape in the storage unit.” In related news, Planned Parenthood, funded in part by the sale of Girl Scout Cookies, has been advising underage girls to experiment with BDSM, to experiment with handcuffs, chains and duct tape. So if little girls can do it, isn’t it discriminatory that little boys can’t? (Sad commentary about both situations, of course, not an actual question.)

    Not only would your idea be worth exploring, but the purpose would be to send a message to others similarly situated that they ought to think twice before proceeding. They ought to realize they are taking advantage of their position.

    And your story on haggis was gross!

  3. I have long thought there should be enhancers for clergy abusing children, but also for coaches, teachers, counselors, anyone in a position of trust and authority. Predators seek out these positions of trust. It gives them stature w/ parents and the community, and unfettered access to prey. The perfect scenario for a predator.

  4. “This is not the type of position of authority that is often used to enhance sentences for…”

    It is not uncommon for paedophiles to take up positions such as sports coaches, teachers, youth group leaders, etc in order to take advantage of being in a position of trust.

    If this guy abused a child who had been entrusted to his care, then pile on extra punishment.
    If the abuse was independent of his position, then the above does not apply.

    A man in his position being outed seems like punishment enough for the hypocricy aspect.

    In a way, his coincidentally being a religious radio host would do society a favor.
    It should give pause for thought to people who like to stick blindly to simplistic certainties. It should open minds.

  5. If he’s guilty, lock him up and throw away the key. But I wonder if you have ever looked at what is available at Tumblr where many of the “models believed” to be 18 years or older are obviously much younger as they are subjected to bondage and torture and what we are supposed to believe is consensual simulation of rape and degradation, all allowed because, you know, “free speech – free press”. Only Tumblr and the bloggers who post images and videos of that kind of thing have no legal requirement to insure that only consenting adults who we are supposed to believe look like they could be the age of the boy in this story or just slightly older.

    Why isn’t that considered as outrageous and made illegal as well? Is it because it can be pinned on a “xian” in this case?

    I’m in favor of all of them being locked up and the keys thrown away and the sources of their inspiration and instruction in their criminal depravity shut down.

  6. Let’s take a shower in the football locker room. Remember Penn State, Jerry Sandusky?

    Jerry Sandusky has hired a new lawyer to pursue another appeal of his conviction on 45 counts of child sex abuse.

    Al Lindsay, who leads the Pittsburgh area firm of Lindsay Law Firm, said he plans to file the appeal in the same court in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania,
    where Sandusky, now 70, was sentenced in 2012 to 30 to 60 years in prison.

  7. mespo – you are an atheist, you can hardly thank Jesus. ;) That being said, if he is guilty, he should be punished as any other sex offender. Being on the radio does not put him in a special position. He is not like Jimmy Saville in the UK where he was running a children’s program and then molesting children by the hundreds.

  8. SafeLibraries

    “Police found a ‘bondage kit’ of handcuffs, chains and duct tape in the storage unit.” In related news, Planned Parenthood, funded in part by the sale of Girl Scout Cookies, has been advising underage girls to experiment with BDSM, to experiment with handcuffs, chains and duct tape. So if little girls can do it, isn’t it discriminatory that little boys can’t? (Sad commentary about both situations, of course, not an actual question.)

    A more careful reading of the post would show that the bondage kit belonged to the adult, not the child. As to Planned Parenthood answering questions about sex for an adult pretending to be a teen, where else can a teen go to get answers to questions about sex, specifically about role playing?

  9. Nothing is more repulsive to me than someone injuring a child.

    If he’s guilty, a life sentence would be kind.

  10. Pedophiles are attracted to any jobs that provide them with access and authority over children. Coaches, teachers, Boy Scout Leaders, YMCA, and clergy are all prime jobs for pedophiles, because these are adults kids trust.

    In my opinion, anyone applying for any of these jobs should have to take a lie detector test. I have read articles that there are chat rooms for these scum giving advice on how to get these jobs.

    I don’t want there to be “more punishment” because of whatever job this scum rapist used to prey on his victims. I don’t want one guy to get “more punishment” than another who used the old “sweet neighbor or friend of the family routine.” I want ALL these worthless wastes of space to receive the MAXIMUM punishment possible. Anyone who rapes a child should never see the light of day. (Saying that, I do think our laws need to be changed to differentiate between a consensual relationship between an 18 year old High School student and his 17 year old girlfriend.)

    How would a parent feel if the abuser who destroyed his precious, innocent child’s life got a lesser sentence than someone else because he used the “innocent family friend” ploy rather than the “trusted clergy” ploy? What does the ploy matter? They ALL use ploys and games and grooming, and it’s an unfair match to expect kids to be able to outsmart adult predators.

    Keebler – What the heck are you thinking to joke about the rape of a child??? That’s in poor taste.

    But I’m a mom, so to even hear about these predators makes me want to go clean my gun. Were those obituaries for children he had murdered???

    Neo – a life sentence accompanied by an announcement to the general population, where he should be serving, about him and his crimes.

    If Sandusky ever gets out I will forever lose any faith in our legal system.

    Anthony – there are Special Victims Units and Cyber Crimes units that handle child pornography. If you ever come across any image that you believe is a child being abused, please pass it on to your local police. It might be a kidnapped child, or a child being abused without his parent’s knowledge. You could save a child’s life, or save someone from sexual slavery.

  11. My comment is awaiting moderation, likely from content. I did feel pretty strongly about this one.

    Good reminder that there are some issues, such as the abuse of children, that are the great unifiers of humanity.

  12. I don’t know what roles a suspect can have as far as what is considered Position of Authority in Michigan. But, nevertheless if it did not apply here I suppose a judge may simply rule that sentences will be served consecutively and obtain the same end result.

  13. It seems to me that the most appropriate punishment is one from the Bible: an eye for an eye. Put him in a cell with Bubba and allow him to discover retribution firsthand.

    By the way, disgust at this behavior is not universal. If you ever feel the need to be nauseous, peruse the Krebs on Security blog. Every now and then Brian Krebs writes an post on the subject of child porn. You’d be amazed — well, maybe you wouldn’t — at the number of people who defend child porn in the name of freedom. Many people there consider themselves to be libertarians.

    One comment on “Firefox Zero-Day Used in Child Porn Hunt?” from Johan pretty much says it all: “Child porn should not be illegal to view to start with, this is a witch hunt. They should use these exploits against real criminals hurting kids, like those selling drugs.”

  14. Karen,

    I freed your comment but it contained a banned word and hence the moderation. (the word began with a b and referred to illegitimate birth) I removed the word and returned the post to approved.

  15. Darren – thanks! I will refrain from spelling out naughty words in the future.

    Saucy – Maybe the people who defend child porn should trigger a covert investigation by the police. I know their child porn and special victims units are so swamped by the sheer numbers of online crimes against children that they use volunteers to help.

    I meant that people of all political affiliations unite against the abuse of children, except for the abusers themselves, which can belong to any party.

  16. Am I the only one to notice this same-sex Christian pedophile was busted in a place called “Gaylord” – or would that be politically incorrect and insensitive to gay people to mention?

    At least Balyo, from Caledonia (what makes your big head so hard), Michigan, provided the objects of his desire with a wholesome atmosphere of Christian fellowship, much like a Catholic Priest might. So, at least he wasn’t corrupting them with some kind of crazy Satanic ritual – unless he was only pretending to be a Christian…..

  17. indio007 wrote “Christian music is the devil!!!!!!”

    Except that no Christian runs around beheading people for listening to unapproved music, in stark contrast to Muslims, many of whom have declared music to be “haram” (sinful and/or forbidden).

    Another religion, that of Slenderman, has had its first court ruling. One of the two girls who stabbed a third girl 19 times has been declared incompetent. We will have to wait and see what that entails, but I sure hope she is not merely grounded.

  18. Slenderman is not a religion. It’s a viral video. Some guy entered his Slenderman art in a sic fi contest, and it became wildly popular, complete with his own “urban legends” and website created by crazed fans.

    Those girls belong to the same club as that guy who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan for Jody Foster.

  19. Pedophiles are pretty evil and horrible people, but, on the other hand, they DO drive slowly in school zones! Nothing further, judge.

  20. Random thoughts.

    You don’t have to be a _Catholic_ priest to be both a Christian “minister” and a homosexual or bisexual pedophile.

    Misprision of authority Is common in sexual predators. They gravitate toward situations with contact with their target age. Priests, ministers, scout leaders, coaches, child care workers, teachers, and more. Teenage babysitters and nannies, child photographers and beauty pageant managers, janitors in schools, and family members.

    Should and act involving misprision of authority be punished more severely than the same act performed by someone (say, a neighbor) who is not in any position of authority? The act is just as evil in either case.

    A 35-year-old uncle groped his 16-year-old niece. A man offered his 9-incher to his sister-in-law. Both are immoral acts. Is the former more immoral than the latter?

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