The case of a Connecticut priest indicted this week on charges of distributing crystal meth took a bizarre turn as strange new details came to light concerning the religious leader’s life after leaving the priesthood.
Monsignor Kevin Wallin, who went on sabbatical prior to stepping down as pastor of the St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport, Conn., in 2012, allegedly sold shipments of meth to undercover cops several times between September 2012 and January 2013.
Wallin, a long-time member of the Sacred Heart University Board of Trustees, was arrested Jan. 3. According to the New York Post, the meth Wallin sold during the undercover drug stings tested as 98.5 percent pure.
Now it appears the man some have nicknamed “Monsignor Meth” may have engaged in a host of illicit and unconventional activities, in addition to the drug dealing. New allegations include cross-dressing, having sex in the St. Augustine rectory and laundering meth profits through a North Haven sex shop called Land of Oz.
Diocese Spokesman Brian Wallace told The Connecticut Post that while officials had received no complaints about Wallin’s alleged drug dealing, parishioners became alarmed in 2011 by Wallin’s increasingly bizarre behavior.
A source told the Post that rectory officials were aware that Wallin occasionally cross-dressed and engaged in sex acts with “odd-looking men,” who also sometimes dressed in women’s clothing. Diocese officials said they found “bizarre sex toys” in the residence, according to the source.
“My wife, my brother-in-law and my kids go there, I think it is disgusting — they should do something about it,” David Rosenbaum, a neighbor who lives two doors down from the parish, told local news station Pix 11.
Wallin and four other suspects face charges relating to drug distribution. If convicted, Wallin faces a minimum of 10 years in prison for conspiracy, plus an additional 20 or more years on related charges.