Police say 35-year-old Caldonia resident John Balyo paid someone to arrange sexual encounters with children. While details remain sketchy at this point, the investigation is believed to be part of a massive crackdown on child sex crimes by the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Operation Predator.
Baylo was arrested while attending the Big Ticket Festival, a Christian music festival held in Gaylord. The arrest was performed as a joint-task operation with HSI, Michigan State Police, and the Battle Creek Police Department.
HSI officials released a statement following the radio host’s arrest, saying Baylo paid a defendant, who is the subject of a separate child sex crimes case, to arrange sexual encounters with minor victims.
Federal investigators believe the person whom was hired to arrange sexual encounters with minor victims is 42-year-old Ronald Lee Moser of Battle Creek. Moser allegedly ran a website which offered to arrange sexual encounters for paying customers.
91.3 WCSG, the Christian gospel radio station for which Baylo previously worked, published the following statement on their website:
“This past Friday, the WCSG family was shocked and saddened to learn that WCSG morning show host, John Balyo, was arrested amid allegations which have since been much publicized. On Saturday, WCSG and Cornerstone University ended its affiliation with John.
We sincerely grieve over these recent events, in particular the tragic impact on victims and their parents. The trafficking and exploitation of minors is absolutely deplorable.
The WCSG family is deeply aching and know you may be hurting as well.
We know that no one, absolutely no one, is immune from falling into the darkness of sin. And yet, we have hope. Those who truly follow and live for Jesus Christ know He alone has the power to restore broken lives and broken trust.
So, why haven’t the police released any specific details regarding this case? Being that it’s an open investigation, police need to tread lightly to increase their chances of a conviction. “Further details about the investigation are being withheld pending the defendant’s appearance in court to answer to the charges.” wrote the Battle Creek Police Department in a press release.
Baylo had recently wed earlier this year. There’s been no official statement made by his wife.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the United States have been the victims of sexual assault.