Christian radio show host arrested on child rape charge
And once again: I think the Christian teaching that Christians should only marry other Christians (the “be equally yoked” teaching) is a CROCK.
As so many self-professing Christian men are pedophiles, serial killers, porn addicts, wife abusers, etc. and so forth, you stand just as good a chance dating and marrying Non-Christians as you would a Christian male.
I am of course not suggesting that each and every self professing Christian man is a pervert, adulterer, porn addict and what have you, but I have seen enough examples of them that I no longer take the “be yoked” teaching seriously (see some examples here).
I’m not sure if this Baylo guy was married or had children of his own – which would be relevant for the purposes of this blog, because many conservative Christians like to shame and insult childfree, childless, and adult singles and make them out to be losers, freaks, or weirdos for not marrying and/or for not pro-creating.
(Many Christians often assume, and quite wrongly, that marriage and parenthood automatically makes a person more responsible, grown up, godly, ethical, and loving, as I have explained on this blog time and again.)
- John Balyo, 35, of Caledonia was arrested in Gaylord as part of a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Battle Creek Police Department and Michigan State Police.
Balyo, an on-air personality at WCSG-FM, a Christian radio station associated with Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, was arrested on a state charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to Khaalid Walls, a spokesman for ICE.
Walls said Friday investigators are alleging that Balyo had sexual encounters with minors in Battle Creek.
ICE said in a statement that Balyo paid a Battle Creek man, Ronald Moser, 42, to arrange sexual encounters with underage children.
Walls said officers executed a search warrant at Balyo’s home in Caledonia and based on the evidence they found went to Gaylord to make the arrest. Other details of the investigation are not being released.
Moser was arrested during the first week of June and indicted on federal child pornography charges. Federal and local officers raided Moser’s home on Bernardo Place on June 5 and said they seized evidence that Moser was making pornography involving young boys.
Updated: Friday, June 20 2014, 06:52 PM EDT
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced the arrest of a Christian radio DJ, on state charges of criminal sexual conduct.
The arrest comes on the heels of an investigation by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children.
Special agents and Michigan State Police troopers arrested 35-year-old John Balyo on Friday without incident.
He is being transported to Battle Creek, where he will be lodged at the Calhoun County Jail, pending arraignment on Monday.
He faces charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The investigation claims that Balyo paid a defendant to arrange sexual encounters with minors.
Battle Creek Police sources confirmed to Newschannel 3 Friday that Balyo’s arrest is connected to a Department of Homeland Security bust that took place in Battle Creek around two weeks ago.
An alleged victim of 42-year-old Ronald Moser, the suspect in the Battle Creek case, was interviewed, and shared another possible sexual assault with another man.
Authorities were able to get enough of a description that the suspect could be identified as Balyo.
Battle Creek Police drove with Homeland Security drove up to Gaylord, Michigan to arrest Balyo, where sources tell Newshcannel 3 he was attending a christian music festival.
Balyo works as an on-air personality as Grand Rapids’ Family Christian Radio station, WCSG.
WCSG General Manager Chris Lemke says that Balyo has been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, adding they are “obviously saddened by the turn of events.”
ICE says further details are being withheld, pending an appearance by Balyo in court.
OTSEGO, CO. — A Christian radio host from Grand Rapids was arrested on Friday at a Christian music festival in Gaylord.
WCSG’s John Balyo, 35, was arrested by the Battle Creek Police at the Big Ticket Festival on criminal sexual conduct charges.
According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the arrest was in connection to an investigation where Balyo allegedly paid a defendant, who is the suspect of a separate child-exploitation investigation, to arrange sexual encounters with minors.
Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014 5:33 pm | Updated: 12:32 pm, Sat Jun 21, 2014.
GAYLORD — A downstate radio host was arrested on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct Friday at the Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord.
John Balyo, 35, of Caledonia, was arrested by officers from the Michigan State Police and Homeland Security at around 11:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, according to the Battle Creek Police Department.
The department said Balyo was transported to the Calhoun County Jail where he will be lodged pending arraignment on Monday, June 23.
According to a press release by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation, Baylo allegedly paid a defendant, who is the subject of a separate Homeland Security investigation, to arrange sexual encounters with minor victims. Further details about the investigation are being withheld pending the defendant’s appearance to answer the charges, the release indicated.
Baylo is a Christian radio host for WCSG in Grand Rapids.
UPDATE to this story, this blog:
(Link): Update on Married Father Who Worked as Christian Radio Host And Who Rapes Children
(Link): Pro Ball Player Convicted for Kid Diddling Three Kids Claims to be an Outstanding Christian (and he’s married with a kid of his own) – again, why should Christian single gals limit themselves to only marrying Christian men? The Whole “Being Yoked Equally” thing is irrelevant and unduly limiting for singles
(Link): Why I Now Reject “Be Equally Yoked” – and on Becoming More Agnostic
-(this page also contains many links to news stories with examples of Christian married men who were arrested for rape, murder, or other crimes, and articles about high rates of porno use among Christian men)