A former Catholic priest at Bridgeport’s St. Augustine Cathedral who was recently busted in a nationwide crystal meth ring also liked cross dressing, “bizarre sex toys” and having sex in his rectory with “odd-looking men,” a report said on Thursday.
According to a Wednesday statement from the U.S. 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. Wallin was arrested on January 3 after he allegedly tried to sell drugs to an undercover agent and methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia and drug packaging materials were found in his home.
The indictment said 61-year-old Wallin had sold as much as $9,000 of meth per week.
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 recalled, adding that the priest was later suspended after he failed to show up for follow-up examinations.
“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 Connecticut Post reported.
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.”
The former priest faces a maximum of 20 years in jail and up to $6 million in fines.
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