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Christian radio host arrested for child sex crimes

John Balyo
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41-year-old Ronald Lee Moser ran a website offering paying customers sex with underage boys. When police raided his home earlier this month under suspicion of child trafficking, they found him with a 12-year-old boy and child pornography. During that raid, they also discovered something that has shocked many people across the country. One of Moser’s clients was none other than 35-year-old, married man, John Balyo, a morning radio host on the Christian radio station, WCSG.

Special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and officers with the Michigan State Police and Battle Creek Police Department arrested Baylo Friday morning on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The arrest took place at a Christian music festival near Gaylord, Mich. Blayo is being accused of paying Moser to arrange sexual encounters for him with underage children. According to the Calhoun Prosecutor's Office, Balyo is currently being held in the Calhoun County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Chris Lemke, WCSG's general manager, issued a statement shortly after Blayo’s arrest explaining that Balyo was "put on indefinite paid administrative leave pending further investigation and the legal process."

The Christian radio station is associated with Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids. The university released a statement on Saturday saying, "Effective today, John Balyo is no longer affiliated with WCSG Radio."

This investigation was conducted under HSI's Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. HSI has arrested more than 10,000 individuals for crimes against children since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003. Those crimes include the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children.

This news comes shortly after a video was released showing Archbishop Robert Carlson giving a sworn testimony stating that he was not sure whether or not he knew it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a kid. Also, earlier this month, it was revealed that the remains of approximately 800 infants and children were found in a septic tank at an institution run by Catholic nuns. Churches are often preaching that children need to be protected from the LGBT community; however after looking at all of the recent child abuse cases in the news lately, one might think society needs to protect its children from religious leaders.

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