A Connecticut priest has been accused of being a cross dresser, owning a sex shop and dealing methamphetamines to the tune of $9,000 a week. The priest is one more instance of a Catholic priest not practicing what he preaches.
Monsignor Kevin Wallin, 61, was arrested on Jan. 3 by federal authorities. His arrest resulted from authorities finding evidence of crystal meth and drug paraphernalia in his home.
According to The Connecticut Post, one other suspect was arrested with Wallin. Wallin aka “Monsignor Meth” is allegedly a participant in a cross country drug ring with ties to California.
The U.S. Attorney’s office alleges that between September 2012 and January 2013, Wallin met with an undercover cop and sold shipments of meth six times.
The Post is reporting that diocese officials from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport started to be concerned with his erratic behavior in 2011. At that time, a Post source claims that Wallin was investigated by diocese officials.
The investigation began when allegations surfaced that Wallin was “engaging in sex acts, entertaining odd-looking men and cross dressing in the rectory of St. Augustine Cathedral.” Kevin Wallin was suspended by the Diocese in May however; he was paid a stipend until his Jan. 3 arrest.
Wallin has since purchased the Land of Oz store which sells sex toys and adult movies. He has also rented two apartments which federal authorities claim he used to deal meth and launder drug money.
Wallin’s arrest warrant stated that in addition to the apartments, he also had three cell phones. The arrest warrant also alleges that Wallin used magazines to deliver meth to his customers.
“This is not the man that people knew” claimed a diocese spokesman. Maria Spencer-Fonseca has been a long time St. Augustine parishioner and spoke with the local newspaper regarding Kevin Wallin.
“There is an evil invading our world and it has come to our church. This was a work of evil and I am praying for the monsignor.”
Therese Ruppert attended the Church of St. Peter in Danbury when Wallin was a pastor in 1996 through 2002. “He [Wallin] was so spiritual.”
“His sermons were wonderful. He had such knowledge of theology.”
Kevin Wallin is being represented by a federal public defender. He was one of five people who were indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday.
The diocese released a statement saying, “News of Msgr. Kevin Wallin’s arrest comes with a sense of shock and concern on the part of the diocese and the many people of Fairfield County who have known him as a gifted, accomplished and compassionate priest.”
“The diocese stands ready to help as it has throughout the past two years. We ask for prayers for Msgr. Wallin during the difficult days ahead of him.”
He was charged with conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine and 50 grams of actual methamphetamine.
Kevin Wallin aka Monsignor Meth is in jail without bond pending his arraignment in court next week. If convicted, he faces at least 10 years to life in prison.
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