Feds: Balyo’s storage locker had “bondage” kit

A mug shot of John Balyo. (June 23, 2014)
A mug shot of John Balyo. (June 23, 2014)


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Target 8 investigators have learned that a Christian radio host charged with raping an 11-year-old boy had a rented storage unit full of disturbing items.

According to federal agents, John Balyo, 35, told investigators about the storage unit when he was interviewed on June 20. He gave the agents consent to search the unit, which is located at West River Storage Suites on Samrick Avenue NE in Plainfield Township.

West River Storage Suits in Plainfield Township. (June 25, 2014)
(West River Storage Suites)

Among the items in the unit was a suitcase that held children’s socks and costumes, duct tape, four pairs of handcuffs, zip ties, rubber gloves, chains and a padlock, authorities said.

In addition, investigators found file folders full of magazine and newspaper articles about missing children, as well as copies of children’s obituaries, authorities said.

A federal source told Target 8 that agents found a bag containing various dismembered body parts from a medical mannequin in the storage unit.

Investigators also said a 1998 publication called “Gauntlet” was discovered in the storage unit. The magazine’s cover read “Bad Boys (and girl) of erotic photography.” Excerpts about the legal definition of child pornography and regulations pertaining to it had been highlighted.

Balyo, a former radio personality at Cornerstone-owned WCSG, was arrested June 20 while at a Christian music festival in Gaylord, Mich.

He was charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and during his arraignment on the charge Monday in Battle Creek, Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert said Balyo confessed to police to sexually assaulting the 11-year-old boy.

WCSG officially cut ties with Balyo on June 21.

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