MI- Recently unsealed evidence shows perp's plan to destroy evidence
For immediate release: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, email@example.com)
Recently unsealed documents show than a Michigan Christian radio host’s secret life involved child sexual crimes and plans to ask a friend to destroy evidence. We applaud the whistleblower who called police instead of helping a criminal thwart prosecution.
John Balyo who is awaiting sentencing for taking pornographic images of a 12 year old boy and sex acts with a child. We urge the judge in his case to sentence him to the maximum term, which is 50 years in jail. This is a dangerous predator and he should be kept away from children for as long as possible.
We also urge parents and officials in Kalamazoo County who may have had contact with Balyo to share any suspicions they have and talk to their children. Every church or school group where Balyo spoke or spent time with should also do aggressive outreach to find others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.
Finally, we applaud Balyo’s former boss Chris Lemke for doing the right thing and calling police instead of making a phone call for Balyo. His actions quite possibly helped preserve evidence and will keep a dangerous predator away from kids.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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