Report: Balyo took pictures of boy

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

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) –- A police report released Monday to 24 Hour News 8 suggests former Christian radio host John Balyo admitted to another crime after his arrest.

Balyo, 35, is currently facing one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for his alleged involvement with an 11-year-old boy.

In the police report, which includes a narrative of the interview police conducted with Balyo shortly after his arrest at a Christian music festival in Gaylord. Mich., Balyo told investigators he also took pictures of the boy in suggestive poses.

Battle Creek police also interviewed the victim, and according to the report, the victim told them that Ron Moser — who allegedly brought the boy to Balyo — had taken pictures of him before they met up with Balyo on May 17 at a Marriot hotel on Beckley Road in Battle Creek.

On that night, the victim said he believed Balyo was a professional photographer.

The victim also said Moser had purchased women’s underwear for him to wear, and he put it on for Balyo and Moser while the two photographed him. The victim told police the pair then forced him to perform oral sex on them.

According to the police report, Balyo told investigators Moser said the victim was 18. However, Balyo told police he though the victim was “probably 15 or 16.”

Balyo also admitted to paying Moser a “couple hundred bucks,” but told police that he told Moser the money was for the victim to be used as an advance on his modeling career, according to the report.

Late Monday afternoon, an agent with Homeland Security Investigations told 24 Hour News 8 the agency is talking to the U.S. Attorney’s Office about pursuing federal charges against Balyo for production and possession of child pornography.

Both Balyo and Moser – who is facing charges for manufacturing child pornography — are currently behind bars and awaiting trial.

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