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Michigan men arrested on child sex charges

A Michigan radio personality is facing charges of having sex with minors and creating child pornography, and a second man has also been arrested in the case. They were targeted by an investigation that combined federal, state and local law enforcement.

One of the arrested men, John Baylo, is a radio host on WCSG-FM, a Christian station located in Grand Rapids. He was arrested after police obtained a warrant and searched his home. The Lansing State Journal does not mention what evidence police used to obtain the search warrant.

Authorities claim that Baylo arranged with a Battle Creek man to have sex with underage children. The second man has also been arrested based on a federal indictment charging him with sexual exploitation of children, possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography. A raid on his home uncovered evidence that he was making pornography with underage boys, officials claim.

The arrests were part of Operation Predator, a collaboration between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and local authorities. About 2,000 people were arrested by officers working for Operation Predator in 2013.

Baylo has been suspended from WCSG “pending further investigation and the legal process,” according to a statement.

It is easy to get caught up in the emotions that charges as serious as sexual assault and child pornography bring up in many of us. But we should remember that those who have been accused of such crimes are innocent until proven guilty. Until the defendant and his or her defense attorney have had the chance to contest the prosecution’s version of events, we cannot presume guilt.

Source: Lansing State Journal, “Michigan Christian radio show host arrested on child rape charge,” Trace Christenson, June 20, 2014

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