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Former Christian Radio Host Sentenced to 25 Years for Rape of 11 Year-old Boy

November 11, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Former Christian Radio Host Sentenced to 25 Years for Rape of 11 Year-old Boy Image courtesy of battlecreekenquirer.com

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A former Christian radio host who pleaded guilty to raping an 11-year-old Michigan boy was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison Monday.

A former host of WCSG Radio in Grand Rapids, Mich., John Balyo,  faces between 25 and 50 years in prison on one count of first-degree criminal sexual assault.

Baylo said in court, “I am feeling very deep and constant remorse for my actions and I want the family to know I am very sorry and wish I could do something to correct what has been done.”

Balyo, 35, was first arrested in June at a Christian music festival and pleaded guilty in September, telling authorities he paid Ronald Lee Moser, 42, to arrange for him to have sex with a child.

Image courtesy of detroitcast.com

Image courtesy of detroitcast.com

Balyo admitted that the 11-year-old boy performed oral sex on him in a motel room, with Moser in the room, in May. The boy turned 12 shortly after the incident, according to the Battle Creek paper.

Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Conrad Sindt mandated Balyo register for the sex offenders list and wear an electronic monitor if he ever gets out of prison.

Balyo could face an additional 15 years in prison in another case, in which he pleaded guilty in July to photographing sex acts with a 12-year-old boy he paid to have sex with.

He will be sentenced on federal charges of sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography in December.

The child’s mother, read a statement in court then turned to Balyo and said, “you should sit and rot in jail the rest of your miserable life. No child should be scared of people or of life itself.”

Moser allegedly set up the motel room assault, pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child. He could be sentenced up to 40 years in prison. His sentence is scheduled for Friday.

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