A CATHOLIC priest from Connecticut, suspended in from his diocese in 2011 for “erratic behaviour”, faces a maximum of 20 years in the slammer and a $6-million fine for dealing crystal meth.
Monsignor Kevin Wallin, who later resigned from his post at Bridgeport’s St Augustine Cathedral, was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly tried to sell drugs to an undercover agent.
According to a statement this week from the US Attorney’s Office, Monsignor Kevin Wallin and four other men were indicted in an alleged drug operation that involved sending shipments of methamphetamine from California for sale in Connecticut.
The indictment said 61-year-old Wallin had sold as much as $9,000 of meth per week.
It was also reported that Wallin enjoyed cross dressing, “bizarre sex toys” and having sex in his rectory with “odd-looking men”.
Diocese Spokesman Brian Wallace told the Connecticut Post that officials began receiving complaints about Wallin’s appearance and erratic behavior in the spring of 2011.
We approached him and he admitted he was struggling a bit and shortly after that he resigned (July 2011) and the bishop granted him a sabbatical.
Wallace added that the priest was later suspended after he failed to show up for follow-up examinations.
The Connecticut Post reported:
While pastor of St Augustine’s, sources said he often disappeared for days at a time; and rectory personnel became concerned and notified diocese officials when Wallin, sometimes dressed as a woman, would entertain odd-looking men, some who were also dressed in women’s clothing and engaging in sex acts.
The report said that diocese officials also:
Found bizarre sex toys in Wallin’s residence.
After leaving the priesthood Wallin purchased a North Haven adult film store call Land of Oz. The business, which sold X-rated videos and sex toys, may have been used to launder drug money, investigators said. A September Facebook post said that Land of Oz was holding a “going out of business sale” and “everything must go.”