Former popular Christian radio host John Balyo, 35, is heading to prison for a minimum of 15 years after he pleaded guilty in federal court in Michigan Tuesday to photographing and having sex with a 12-year-old boy in April — the same month he got married.
His plea comes just weeks after he was arrested at the Big Ticket Christian music festival in Gaylord last month. The Battle Creek Enquirer said Balyo is required by law to serve a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, but noted that it could be longer.
A Wood Radio report said Balyo confessed to photographing and performing sex acts with the 12-year-old boy at a hotel in Kalamazoo County and paying him cash. He also pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child as well as possession of child pornography, which could result in him being imprisoned for up to 50 years. more >>
The recent "botched" execution in Arizona sparked more debate about the death penalty. But if the execution ended in the murderer's death, then it was not botched. What did his victims endure?
The New York Times inadvertently committed journalism when it reported that approximately 12 recent studies have determined that the death penalty saves lives and serves as a deterrent. Some concluded that, for every execution, up to 18 murders are prevented.
I was once asked whether I was for or against capital punishment. The moderator knew the answer, but was shocked when I answered that I was against the electric chair. When he asked why, I said I was in favor of electric bleachers – until we get caught up. more >>
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which received $2,302,026 in government grants in 2011-2012, is facing a legal challenge from the mother of an underage girl who was taken to the facility by her abuser to have an abortion.
The lawsuit, Cary Smith v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, was filed on June 20 and claims that the then 13-year-old girl was taken to the clinic by her abuser, who was also her step-father, to have an abortion on May 3, 2012. Not only did the staff not ask the girl if she was being sexually abused by an adult, they also neglected to contact law enforcement or child services to report suspected abuse of the girl.
When the victim finally told her mother about the sexual abuse and abortion on July 18, 2012, she was taken a local hospital for an examination and to report the abuse. The mother also obtained her daughter's abortion record from Planned Parenthood. more >>
The recent downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine could be classified as a "war crime" due to the 298 civilians deaths of those on board the flight, a United Nations spokeswoman announced this week.
Navi Pillay, the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement from Geneva on Monday that the downing of MH17 would be investigated as a possible war crime. "This violation of international law, given the prevailing circumstances, may amount to a war crime," Pillay said.
"Every effort will be made to ensure that anyone committing serious violations of international law including war crimes will be brought to justice, no matter who they are," the commissioner added. more >>
Stretched by the crush of illegal immigrants flooding his jails from the border, Sheriff Richard K. Jones of Butler County, Ohio, said his life was threatened after he sent a bill to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto seeking compensation for hosting his law-breaking countrymen.
"I sent a letter to the president of Mexico. Gonna charge him for the prisoners that are in my jail; the federal government [then] sends me a letter that I violated a treaty of 1790," explained Jones in an interview with The Blaze.
"I sent them a bill for the prisoners that are in my jail. They came here illegally. I've not gotten any money from them but I billed them so much. And I tell you what I got in return. My life was threatened. The FBI called me and told me that there are three sheriffs in the country that were gonna be killed by the drug cartel, and I was one of the three," Jones revealed. more >>
A wanted man who bragged on the Facebook page of Anne Arundel County Police in Maryland that "Y'all will never catch me" after they posted his photo there Wednesday became the laughingstock of the country Thursday when authorities arrested him.
Anne Arundel County Police Department profiled Roger Ray Ireland, 28, of no fixed address on Facebook as a part of its "#WantedWednesday" initiative which prompted members of the community to start tagging members of Ireland's family alerting them that police were looking for him.
An obviously miffed Ireland soon surprisingly joined the online chatter on the police post. more >>