A popular Christian disc jockey has been terminated, following his arrest Friday afternoon at a Christian music festival, on a sexual assault on a minor charge.
John Balyo, 35, of Caledonia, was arrested at the Big Ticket Festival, one of the nation’s largest Christian music events, Battle Creek police confirmed to WZZM-13.
Balyo, a graduate of Cornerstone University, a Christian college located in Grand Rapids, was employed for the past eight years as an on-air personality at contemporary Christian radio station WCSG affiliated with Cornerstone .
According to Battle Creek police Sgt. Jim Marten, Balyo’s name was given to investigators by Ronald Moser of Battle Creek, who was runs website offering paying customers sex with underage boys. Earlier this month, police raided Moser’s home, where they discovered him with a 12-year-old boy and a stash of child pornography.
The charge against Balyo stems from a single incident in May after Balyo approached and paid Moser to arrange for a sexual encounter with a minor.
Both men were swept up as part of an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators — called Operation Predator — conducted by Homeland Security.
Balyo, who is facing first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges, was terminated by his employer Saturday morning.
Cornerstone University released a statement Saturday saying, “Effective today, John Balyo is no longer affiliated with WCSG Radio. Chris Lemke, general manager of WCSG, will address this matter on-air at 7:30 am during Monday’s (June 23) WCSG morning show.”
According to reports, Balyo was just married in April.
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