Former Christian radio host pleads guilty in child pornography case
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- A former host at a popular Christian radio station in western Michigan has pleaded guilty in a child pornography investigation.
John Balyo told a federal judge Tuesday that he photographed sex acts with a 12-year-old boy at a Kalamazoo County hotel. He pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation and possessing child pornography.
Balyo says he knew it was wrong.
The 35-year-old was a host at Christian radio station WCSG in Grand Rapids until his arrest in June at a Christian music festival in northern Michigan. His arrest was related to state charges of criminal sexual conduct. That case still is pending in Calhoun County.
Balyo faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in federal prison but his sentence could be longer.