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Investigators: Christian Radio Host Who Admitted Sex with Boy, 12, Had Bondage Kit

The general manager of Cornerstone University's WCSG asked listeners to "pray in earnest" for Balyo, his family, the radio station family and, "most certainly ... the victims."

Federal authorities found a "bondage kit" that included handcuffs, duct tape, rope and other items in a storage locker rented by former Christian radio broadcaster John Balyo. (Photo: WCSG/Cornerstone University)
Federal authorities found a "bondage kit" that included handcuffs, duct tape, rope and other items in a storage locker rented by former Christian radio broadcaster John Balyo. (Photo: WCSG/Cornerstone University)

Federal investigators found a “bondage kit” in a storage locker rented by a Michigan Christian radio host who has been charged with first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct after he admitted in court that he raped a 12-year-old boy.

The newest revelation against John Balyo, who was fired from his job at Cornerstone University’s WCSG after the allegations against him were made public, came from the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit, WZZM-TV in Battle Creek reports.

The kit reportedly contained duct tape, handcuffs, rope and zip-ties.

Baylo, 35, of Caledonia was arrested Friday at a Christian music festival in Gaylord, the Detroit Free Press said.

Balyo, who had been an on-air host for WCSG, which is part of Cornerstone University’s ministry outreach program, for eight years, reportedly admitted to “some” of the allegations against him, stemming from an incident in Battle Creek in May.

Cornerstone University requires its students, faculty, staff and administration to sign a “lifestyle statement” that they will “avoid every form of immorality, including immoral sexual behavior, homosexuality, lying, stealing and cheating.”

Federal charges are also expected in the investigation, by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Battle Creek Police Department and the Michigan State Police, the Lansing State Journal reports.

Authorities tied Balyo to another investigation against 42-year-old Ronald Lee Moser of Battle Creek after searching his home and seizing online photos of boys clad only in underwear and bound to a bed, MLive/The Grand Rapids Press reports.

The radio station’s general manager, Chris Lemke, addressed the situation on air, according to  WZZM.

“We sincerely grieve over these recent events,” Lemke said. “Our family is deeply aching, and we know that you may be hurting as well. Over the next few weeks, we request that you pray in earnest for John, his family, our team here at WCSG and, most certainly, please pray for the victims related in these allegations.”

Balyo’s next court appearance is July 7.


Daffy Noodnicks June 29, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Considering Dales propensity to write awful things obliquely, his comments above, and his reference to other antigay writings of his, it is clear to me that he means gay people when he wrote about "others who are trapped in this sinful behavior." Apparently he does not have the stones to say it outright. This is a story about a man who raped a 12-year old, and he is equating THAT with being gay. Socially marginalized people have been the victims of all sorts of slanderous lies throughout history. This is a typical libel used to villify gay people. Child molestation is a particularly reprehensible act of violence. The monsters who perpetrate these horrible crimes are not more to be homosexual even in cases of same sex abuse. To equate such violence against children with loving behavior between consenting adults is nothing more than hate speech in my opinion. If Dale doesn't want gay people getting married in his church, and thinks gay sex is sinful, that's his business. I do think endlessly going on about it in a community website is not particularly civil or necessary or called for in any way. However, equating THIS with being gay is a bigoted hateful lie and deserves to be confronted as such.
Luther's Fan June 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM
This is getting interesting. I have spent my 50+ years as a member of the following faiths: Catholic (never encouraged to read the Bible) Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal and various non-denominational faiths, Reformed, Presbyterian (USA liberal branch) and finally Lutheran. As I read the Word I found the Lutheran faith to simply take the Bible at face value; just believing what it says. I was looking for just that, a faith that believes what the Bible says. I don't spend much time arguing others into faith as it's a waste of time, though I'm happy to discuss my beliefs if someone is interested. The Spirit is well capable of moving in the hearts of men. Christ modeled the gospel between two thieves. One was moved to repentance, the other, rejected it. I think various sins are clearly spelled out in scripture and some choose to reject what they read. (Including me sometimes). Bottom line, it is there for us to read to see that we are "all" sinners and Christ paid the price. Whether we accept his words and try to change is up to us with his grace.
Daffy Noodnicks June 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Luther's Fan: all of that being as it may, whatever a persons religious beliefs, equating child molestation with being gay is a reprehensible slander. Bearing false witness in Biblical terms, which is a pretty big "Thou shalt not."
McGurk June 29, 2014 at 03:00 PM
LF: Seven plus denominations in a little over fifty years on this mudball? Why bother?
McGurk June 29, 2014 at 05:25 PM
Dale: Deleting my comments does not raise your soul. Why bother?

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