John Balyo to plead guilty to 2 federal charges

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- US Attorney Patrick Miles has announced that John Balyo, a former host on a Christian radio station, is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges related to child sexual exploitation.

The US Attorney's Office on Wednesday filed two counts against Balyo. The first one charged him with sexually-exploiting a 12-year-old boy to create child porn. The second count charged him with possessing child porn.

Under the plea deal reached Thursday, Balyo will plead guilty to both felonies and will forfeit "computers, photographic equipment, and material used to sexually abuse or exploit children," according to the US Attorney's statement, which also said the US Attorney will not seek more charges from a federal grand jury.

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Balyo is scheduled to be arraigned and enter his guilty plea before US Magistrate Judge Ellen S. Carmody on July 29.

Balyo's sentencing, before US District Judge Robert Holmes Bell, has not yet been scheduled, but the plea deal calls for a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a combined maximum of 50 years.


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