After Raping a Pre-Teen Boy, Christian Broadcaster Will Spend More Than 25 Years in Prison

According to its Facebook page,

WCSG [Radio] is a ministry of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI. Our mission is to encourage, energize, and equip listeners toward a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

As you might expect, the place is thick with cloying Jesus jive and Bible verses such as 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Despite such rock-solid divine guidance, one WCSG staffer fell perhaps a teensy bit short of that standard.

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.

Image from John Balyo’s now-defunct Facebook page

(Other reports say the boy was 12. Not that it makes any difference legally or morally.)

[John] Balyo told the judge… 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.

The sexual assault took place in the same month that Balyo got married. Police officers who searched the perp’s belongings found a bondage kit that included handcuffs, chains, and duct tape, as well as folders with magazines and articles about missing children… plus (extra-strong churn of the stomach) children’s obituaries.

Dark stuff — so, for some indispensable levity, go ahead and insert your own joke here:

[Balyo] was arrested at a Christian music festival in Gaylord.

As for the young victim, God said fuck him (and He might have meant it literally): the omnipotent and omniscient Ruler of the Universe, without whose celestial consent not a blade of grass can grow, was otherwise engaged when Balyo criminally attacked the boy.


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