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John Balyo Sentenced in Child Sex Case; Christian Radio Host Gets 40 Years

By    |   Friday, 12 Dec 2014 06:03 PM

John Balyo, a Christian radio show host, was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison for child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child. When he was caught, Balyo also had items in his storage locker that prosecutors said indicated he may be preparing to abduct a child.

Balyo’s sentence includes lifetime supervision after he gets out of prison for the sex crimes conviction, plus $8,500 for victim restitution.

According to Fox 17, Balyo, 35, told the judge that he would like to be rehabilitated and help others with such "addictions."

“Your honor, I’m standing humbly before you today really pleading for the opportunity, the chance, to have a life someday,” Michigan Live quoted Balyo in court. “I will not be a danger to society. I will not be in trouble again.”

But the federal prosecutor on the case disagreed. Assistant U.S. attorney Tessa Hessmiller said Balyo had a bondage kit and a collection of newspaper articles about abducted children and serial killers in his storage locker, Fox reported. Investigators also found notebooks with detailed notations on boys and a dog cage that had a mannequin in it, whuch appeared to portray a boy tied up.

Hessmiller said there were photos Balyo took of himself “pointing a gun at the mannequin, masturbating, then rolling the mannequin up in a carpet or tarp as if he had just killed someone,” Michigan Live said.

“We just don’t know. It’s speculative whether or not he was just fantasizing or role-playing. Clearly, based on the images, he had some disturbing thoughts,” Michigan Live quoted U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles Jr. on whether Balyo might have progressed.

“These cases are all disturbing because you really don’t like to see a child being harmed. Having their innocence stolen really is something that we in this office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, are aggressively prosecuting,” Miles told Fox. “We’ve had just this year alone approximately 20 convictions of child exploitation. That’s accumulating of almost 300 years of prison sentences.”

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John Balyo, a Christian radio show host, was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison for child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child. When he was caught, Balyo also had items in his storage locker that prosecutors said indicated he may be preparing to abduct a child.
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