One of the big stories around here these days is of a Christian radio host named John Balyo, who pleaded guilty to raping an 11-year old boy and has been sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison, possibly as much as 50 years. But he says he’s sorry:
A former Grand Rapids Christian radio host was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping an 11-year-old Battle Creek boy.
“I just want to take this opportunity to say I am feeling very deep and constant remorse for my actions,” said John Balyo, 35. “And I want the family to know I am very sorry and wish I could do something to correct what has been done.”
Balyo pleaded guilty in September to first-degree criminal sexual in a May 17 assault in a Beckley Road motel room.
Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Conrad Sindt sentenced him Monday to the mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and a maximum of 50 years.
When he entered his plea, Balyo told the judge he met the 11-year-old boy and the child performed oral sex on Balyo. Balyo said another man was in the room at the time, and investigators have alleged that Ronald L. Moser of Battle Creek provided children for sexual acts with Balyo.
Moser also has pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child and faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 14.
If only they’d been Catholic, they might have gotten away with it.