Balyo’s next court appearance rescheduled

John Balyo in court. (June 23, 2014)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A longtime Christian radio host accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy did not appear in court Monday.

John Balyo was expected in a Battle Creek courtroom Monday morning for a hearing, but his lawyer instead waived a rule requiring the hearing to take place within 14 days of arraignment. A preliminary hearing was rescheduled for Aug. 4.

Balyo, 35, faces a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He allegedly admitted to investigators that he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old boy at a Battle Creek hotel in May.

He also allegedly pointed them to his storage unit, which contained what federal investigators called a “bondage kit.” 

Authorities with Homeland Security Investigations, Michigan State Police and the Battle Creek Police Department say they are looking into all of Balyo’s contact with children.

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