Monsignor meth! Conn. priest busted in national drug ring
He was once deemed a gifted and compassionate priest at a Connecticut Catholic parish, now he is accused of being part of a five-man meth ring with a federal grand jury indictment against him.
Kevin Wallin, 61, used to head up St. Augustine’s Parish in Connecticut — now he’s in jail awaiting his trial.
Federal officials said they caught him red-handed when Wallin sold meth to an undercover cop several times in September.
“My wife, my brother-in-law and my kids go there, I think it is disgusting — they should do something about it,” said David Rosenbaum, who lives two doors down from the parish.
The feds did something about it, however, and earlier this month they arrested Wallin and four others for allegedly importing crystal meth from California so they could turn it around and sell it.
This comes more than a year after Wallin resigned as pastor of the Bridgeport parish – citing health and personal issues.
Diocese leaders say they offered to help him at the time – but they did not suspect drugs.
“We had at no time knew he was struggling with this kind of issue,” said Brian Wallace, of the Bridgeport Diocese.
The diocese is asking the community for prayers for Wallin during the ‘difficult days ahead of him.’
If convicted on the conspiracy charges the former priest faces 10-years to life in prison.