Monsignor Meth gets 9 months for parole violation
HARTFORD — Kevin Wallin, the disgraced former Bridgeport Diocese priest whose addiction and drug dealing earned him the nickname “Monsignor Meth,” was handcuffed Tuesday and sent to federal prison for violating parole.
U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello sentenced Wallin to 9 months at the federal Danbury Correctional Center for testing positive for amphetamine after being tested Aug. 10 at Connecticut Renaissance Inc.
Wallin, once a leading candidate to become Bishop of the Bridgeport Diocese, was convicted for selling methamphetamine, also known as crank or ice. He was on probation when he tested positive for drugs.
In June 2011, Wallin resigned from the church amidst talk of cross-dressing, drug use, sexual acts with men in the rectory and the discovery of sex toys in his room. He moved into a second-floor Waterbury apartment where federal agents say he dealt Mexican-made methamphetamine.
During a four-month period, federal agents believe Wallin took in $300,000 from illegal drug sales.
Wallin on Tuesday admitted his continue drug use and asked to be sent to a Salvation Army facility in Hartford where he could continue treatment and work cleaning clothes sold in the charity’s thrift shops.
“I don’t wish to continue in this manner,” Wallin said, referring to his addiction and relapses after various treatment attempts.
Federal authorities handcuffed Wallin after his sentence, removing his light gray sport coat and items from his pockets He told a handful of friends he would be alright.