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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Un-priestly behaviour: Ex-priest allegedly owned porn store, sold drugs and had sex in the rectory (PICTURED)
A former Catholic priest busted on charges of selling crystal meth would appear at his Connecticut church dressed as a woman and was fond of sex in the rectory, according to a published report.
Msg. Kevin Wallin, 61, resigned as spiritual leader of St. Augustine’s Parish in Bridgeport in 2011, but he continued to receive a stipend from the Roman Catholic Diocese until his Jan. 3 arrest on drug charges.
Wallin, nicknamed “monsignor meth,” might have been laundering his drug profits at a Westbury porn store he owned called the Land of Oz, investigators told the Connecticut Post.
Before he stepped down from the altar at St. Augustine’s, the priest’s behavior had become erratic, and he would disappear for days at a time, sources told the Post.
Church staff also saw him cross-dressing and he would entertain “odd looking men” in the rectory, where they engaged in “sex acts,” the sources said.
Staff at St. Augustine also found what they called “bizarre” sex toys in Wallin’s residence when they went to check on the priest.
The staff reportedly informed the Diocese about the un-priestly behavior.
Church officials maintain they had no idea Wallin had been selling or using meth, either before or after he left his duties at St. Augustine.
“We had no indication he had a drug problem and never had complaints regarding him and drugs,” said Diocese Spokesman Brian Wallace.
After his resignation, the priest dropped out of sight, Wallace said.
His arrest shocked his former flock, who remembered an affable man who loved Broadway musicals.
“There is an evil invading our world and it has come to our church,” longtime St. Augustine parishioner Maria Spencer-Fonseca told the Post. “This was a work of evil — and I am praying for the monsignor.”
Wallin is due to be arraigned next week on charges that he was part of a cross-country drug ring that shipped meth between Connecticut and California.
He is accused of selling the drugs to an undercover officer six times between September 2012 and January 2013.
- NY Daily News