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article imageEx-Catholic Priest in Connecticut charged in Federal drug case

By Eric Morales     Jan 17, 2013 in Crime
Bridgeport - A former secretary to Cardinal Eagan is accused of selling meth, following a investigation that saw a drug ring infiltrated by an undercover police officer.
61-year-old Monsignor Kevin Wallin resigned from St. Augustine's parish, in 2011 citing health and personal problems. Now the former priest from Bridgeport joins four others accused of buying methamphetamine from California, and reselling it on the east coast. For the past four months the 4 men and 1 woman unknowingly sold narcotics to an uncover officer.
The Herald Standard reported Friday, that Kevin Wallin is accused of receiving the shipments of meth. A federal grand jury indicted the group Tuesday, all five are in custody and it is unknown whether they are currently represented by attorney's.
The Diocese in Connecticut issued a statement Wednesday, according to the Courant, which stated that Monsignor Kevin Wallin, had resigned 2-years ago due to a struggle with a number of health and personal issues. Kevin Wallin had pastored at the church from 2002 until his resignation in 2011.
A spokesman for the Diocese of Bridgeport stated that the Catholic church had lost contact with the former Monsignor, since he was granted a sabbatical in July two years ago.
"Msgr. Wallin subsequently cut off communications with the Diocese," the statement said. "As a result, his faculties for public ministry were suspended in May 2012, and he has not been reassigned. To date, he has not spoken directly with diocesan officials, though the Diocese stands ready to help as it has throughout the past two years. We ask for prayers for Msgr. Wallin during the difficult days ahead for him."
The spokesman continued to state that Kevin Wallin was a gifted minister for the Catholic faith.
"(Kevin Wallin) was a gifted, compassionate and accomplished priest," the spokesman said. News of the former Priest's arrest was met with "shock and concern."
Kevin Wallin appears to have been in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine when he was apprehended, the former Catholic priest is charged with six counts of possession of methamphetamine, with intent to distribute.
The others indicted with Kevin Wallin include: Kenneth Devries 52-years-old, of Waterbury; Michael Nelson 40-years-old, of Manchester; Chad McCluskey 43-years-old of San Clemente, California; and Kristen Laschober, 47-years-old, of Laguna Niguel, California.
If convicted the former Monsignor would likely die in prison, along with the intent to distribute charges and conspiracy charges, Wallin faces a total of 30-years in prison. The other defendants each face a decade in jail.
Kevin Wallin was ordained as a priest in 1984, serving as a pastor at St. Augustine's and also as a secretary to Cardinal Edward Eagan, who was a Bishop at the time.
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