GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Federal authorities today filed new criminal charges against former WCSG radio host John Balyo for taking sexually explicit photos of a 12-year-old boy.
He is charged with sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography, according to documents filed today in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.
The felony information accuses Balyo of enticing or coercing the boy to engage in sexually explicit conduct in Kalamazoo County on April 19. Images were recorded on an Apple iPhone and a Nikon digital camera and downloaded onto an Apple iMac computer.
He's also charged with possessing child pornography, including images of prepubescent boys. Investigators discovered those images on a computer at Balyo's home in Caledonia.
The federal government is starting forfeiture proceedings against Balyo's computer, external hard drives and cameras seized from his home and a Plainfield Township storage unit June 20.
Officers retrieved several items from the storage unit, including a bondage kit with duct tape, handcuffs and chains.
If convicted, Balyo faces up to 30 years in prison. In addition to federal charges, Balyo is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving an 11-year-old boy, an offense punishable by up to life in prison.
Balyo, 35, was arrested last month at the Big Ticket Christian music festival in Gaylord. Police say Balyo paid Ronald Lee Moser of Battle Creek to arrange sexual encounters with minors.
Moser, 41, is charged with sexual exploitation of children. A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 18 in Grand Rapids. Investigators say Moser ran a website offering paying customers sex with underage boys.