You just can’t make this stuff up. Or as they say, truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
Currently in Connecticut a Roman Catholic Priest, Monsignor Kevin Wallin, who has become known as “Monsignor Meth” is going through sentencing for his conviction of running a crystal meth amphetamine ring. Even more startling is where the priest was running the ring out of-Namely, a sex/smoke shop.
Furthermore, Monsignor Meth OWNED the sex shop where the meth amphetamine ring was being run. It is suspected that he bought the shop to launder his profits from selling the meth.
One can only speculate as to why he chose that business vs. the many “non-sexual” choices in cash businesses there are out there, most of which would be much lower profile than a sex shop. But so far, no convictions have resulted in anything having to do with the shop. Although there have been reports of Wallin being caught previously having gay sex in the rectory. Also it is reported that Wallin was a frequent cross dresser during those episodes.
Wallin was busted in 2013 after selling the drugs which he received from a California distributor and sold to an undercover narcotics officer 6 times. Next week he is to be sentenced. And despite a pre-arranged plea deal, he is asking for leniency.
Wallin originally agreed to a plea deal that would include at least 10 years behind bars. Now, a week before final sentencing, his attorney is asking for a reduction in sentence to 4 years plus some community service in an attempt to rewrite the deal in the 11th hour.
His attorney is using some 80 letters of support for the priest, including one from the late Cardinal Egan to try to sway the judge. According to the defense, Wallin’s priestly goodness should entitle him to only do less than half of what is agreed upon. You know, religious affluenza.
Acoording to the defense, forget that he ran a meth ring. Forget that he ran the meth ring from a sex shop. Not one he patronized, one he owned. In fact, forget all that messy business having to do with priests and sex, including illicit sex altogether. And definitely forget that the shop was perhaps also a tool to launder money and perhaps had other less than honorable purposes for Monsignor Meth.
The defense only wants the judge to consider his “day job.” That he was a priest. And we all know priest = good guy, right? Wallin’s attorney also cited 3 decades of “charitable service” in the Monsignor’s defense. they believe he is just too good of a man to stick to the agreed deal!
Mafia Dons and gangster bosses give away turkeys every Thanksgiving. John Wayne Gacy was a good painter and was active in the community. Heck, O.J. did charity work in the area of domestic violence. None of that matters when talking about their crimes. This priest betrayed everyone around him. Most of his victims surely aren’t even known yet, and might not ever be. He did not serve his community, he used it.
Let us all hope Monsignor Wallin receives the sentence that he agreed to and not the one he and his attorney are trying to slip through in the 11th hour that they feel they are entitled to as sufferers of religious affluenza.
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