John Balyo (Booking photo)

John Balyo (Booking photo)

BATTLE CREEK (WWJ/AP) – A former host at a popular Christian radio station in western Michigan has pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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John Balyo entered the plea Tuesday in Calhoun County curt. The 34-year-old had admitted to sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy at a Battle Creek hotel in May.

Balyo in July pleaded guilty in a separate case to federal charges of sexual exploitation and possessing child pornography involving a 12-year-old boy.

He won’t be sentenced in Calhoun County until he is sentenced in federal court in November as part of his plea deal. A charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct was also dismissed in the deal.

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Balyo, who was a host at a Christian station in Grand Rapids until his arrest in June at a Christian music festival, faces at least 25 years in prison on the state charges. His state and federal sentences will run concurrently.

In the federal case, co-defendant Ronald Moser, 42, pleaded guilty in August to sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography. According to reports, Balyo paid Moser to arrange meetings at a hotel where he could sexually assault the boy and photograph the encounters.

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