Former Christian Radio Host Sentenced To 40 Years For Child Porn

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – A former Christian radio host in Grand Rapids has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for sexual exploitation and child pornography.

Grand Rapids federal Judge Robert Holmes Bell says John Balyo’s acts were “repulsive.” He’s a former morning host at WCSG, a popular Christian station heard throughout western Michigan.

Investigators found a storage unit with child pornography and a bondage kit. Bell sentenced the 34-year-old on Thursday.

Separately, Balyo recently was sentenced to at least 25 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a boy in Calhoun County. The state and federal sentences will run together.

Balyo was arrested in June at a Christian music festival in northern Michigan.

“His voice filled the cars of families commuting to work and school with their children,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Tessa Hessmiller said. “He was a recently married family man, a wedding photographer, a volunteer with the Kent County sheriff’s department, a former camp counselor and an overseas mission volunteer with children. … But he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

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