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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.


6 Comments to “Monsignor meth! Conn. priest busted in national drug ring”

    saundra said:
    January 17, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    My only problem i have is Wallin just got busted, but he resigned 2 yrs ago, maybe since resigning these problems have happened. Don't take away his good deeds for whatever is going on now. If he was busted and was still at the church then ok but maybe he was, the man everyone knew and loved when he was in the parish. Just something to think about.

      whyadamlanzadidit said:
      January 18, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      just like the Catholic church focuses on the good Jerry Sandusky did, and OJ SImpson did, except for a couple of crimes that ruined lives.

    whyadamlanzadidit said:
    January 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    This is the kind of Catholic priest that gives Catholic priests … a GOOD name.

    Until they find out how many children he raped….

    Spoon said:
    January 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Priests raping children and now selling drugs. I am saddened, disgusted and scared for us as a human race. This is the work of the enemy, loud and clear. We must pray for this man as well as ourselves and ask God to protect us from these types of attrocities.

    Former faithful said:
    January 20, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    This man has been an arrogant pompous creep since 1984. He was mentored by Cardinal Edward M. (the M stands for money) Egan. While he was Bishop of Bridgeport, Egan was known for never meeting privately with anyone – Wallin was always there. Will the Diocese pay for his legal counsel so Wallin doesn't tell all he knows about Egan? Time will tell…. To see Brian Wallace saying that Wallin was a compassionate person is ridiculous. Egan and Wallin were in it for the money – it's all that mattered to them and they would do whatever they had to – regardless of who got hurt. Wallin deserves 20 years in jail and I only hope he takes Egan down with him.

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