Monsignor Meth Pleads Guilty

It looks like Kevin Wallin, the breaking bad priest known in the press as “Monsignor Meth,” is going to prison.

Wallin, who was on suspension from the priesthood at the time of his arrest, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 25 and is expected to receive a sentence of between 11 and 14 years in prison. Since this is a federal crime, he may serve most of his sentence behind bars. 

Wallin, who is 61, will probably be an elderly man if he ever goes free again. 

In addition to taking up drug trafficking, Wallin had also opened an adult video and sex toy shop named Oz & Dorothy’s Place. He is accused of using the shop to launder the drug money.

From the Associated Press: 

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A suspended Roman Catholic priest accused of making more than $300,000 in methamphetamine sales out of his Connecticut apartment while running an adult video and sex toy shop pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal drug charge.

Kevin Wallin, 61, of Waterbury, admitted to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was scheduled to be sentenced June 25. The prosecution and defense agreed on a sentence of 11 to 14 years in prison.

Prosecutors said the 61-year-old Wallin had meth mailed to him from co-conspirators in California and sold the drugs out of his Waterbury apartment last year. He also bought an adult video and sex toy shop in North Haven named Land of Oz & Dorothy’s Place, apparently to launder the drug money, authorities said.

Wearing a beige prison jumpsuit and sporting a goatee and close-cropped hair, Wallin acknowledged in court that the drug operation involved nearly four pounds of methamphetamine. He said “yes” several times as the judge asked whether he understood the consequences of his plea.

Wallin, former pastor at St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport, appeared to have no supporters in the courtroom. He was led out of the room in handcuffs and remains detained. (Read the rest here.) 

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  • pagansister

    GOOD! Hopefully he will get the longest term possible. Now if only the priests that have molested children could get some jail time!

    • Ronk

      Many of them have already got plenty of gaol time. If you have any information which the police don’t know about, report it to them (not talk about it here which could lead to a guilty man being set free due to a mistrial because you contaminated the evidence by airing it in public before the trial).

      Whether or not you have any such information, there is no excuse for your generalised slur which affects the reputation of every one of the half a million priests in the world, 99.9+% of whom are totally innocent of ever molesting any child.

  • Rebecca Hamilton

    This is an emotional topic, I know. But I hope that everyone will try to focus on issues and ideas and be kind to one another while they do it.

  • Marye

    Very sad. He became a priest in his late 30s, after another career (maybe in finance.). From what I recall of the chronology, he started dealing meth after he left his post as pastor of St. Augustine’s, but his addiction had started earlier, most likely through “partying” with others, and he showed signs of addiction while he was pastor–in fact, his parish members had the painful duty of reporting him. There are lurid details that I won’t mention, because that information is easy enough to find, should someone want to find it. His diocese placed him in a rehabilitation program, but he left one day, walked out and didn’t return. I pray that while he is in prison, he may reconnect with the impulse that led him to seek the priesthood.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I agree Marye. He will still be a priest — although a disgraced one — while he is in prison. There will be many men in that prison who will need a priest. If he returns to following Jesus, he could end up doing incalculable good while he is behind bars. This man has already been caught and will be punished. We need to pray for him to find Jesus once again.

      “I pray that while he is in prison, he may reconnect with the impulse that led him to seek the priesthood.”

  • Fabio P.Barbieri

    Horrible though it is – there does not seem to be one of his vows that this ghastly man has not broken – I think it would be interesting, possibly even useful, to know more about him. Where did he come from, why did he take vows in the first place, was he deceitful from the start, and if not, what corrupted him? As it is, we know only the bare bones.

    • Dale

      Fabio, there have been several news articles which have provided some background on Msgr Wallin. For many years he was a stellar priest, gifted with oratorical skill and charisma. He was a hard worker, seemingly everywhere, and some thought he could become a bishop. Then, he began to rapidly deteriorate, both in work and in appearance.

      What exactly happened is hard to say. But stress could have been taking a toll on him, and eventually proved overwhelming.

  • Sus

    I think it’s sad that he didn’t have family or friends in court with him.

    • Theodore Seeber

      A former priest, who should never have been a priest, who opened up a gay “adult toys” shop and then used it to pander drugs to his customers?

      And you’re wondering why all family and friends have abandoned this monster?

      • Rebecca Hamilton

        Ted, if he was my family member, I would probably have been there at court with him. And I’m an elected official who might (probably would) be called a few names by somebody for doing it.

    • Sus

      Ted, he’s still a human being just like me and you. I don’t think it’s your call whether he should have been a priest or not. That’s between him and God.

      • Theodore Seeber

        It’s priests like this one that make me wonder if the devil also gives out vocations.

  • FW Ken

    We had an axe murderer in Texas who repented while in prison and did a lot of Bible studies and helped a lot of other women until she was executed. Her name was Karla Fay Tucker. Perhaps this priest will return to the Lord as well.

    Criminal justice being my day job, I’ve watched and wondered what the real story is regarding law enforcement and sex offenders. I know to many cases where child molesters and rapists pled the cases down our simply walked free. The role of law enforcement in the Catholic sex scandals is a major untold story verging for some research.

  • pagansister

    What is it about some inmates, perhaps those who have committed the worst crimes and face the death penalty that causes them (in some, not all cases) to become very religious?