At some point yesterday, following the publication of a Wait, What? blog post on the topic, the Connecticut State Police caught up with Reverend Kenneth Moales, Jr. long enough to serve him with an outstanding arrest warrant.
The warrant for Moales’ arrest had been issued on September 11, 2013 but had gone un-served for more than two months.
The arrest warrant was related to Moales’ failure to appear in court following a February 2013 motor vehicle stop in which he was charged with speeding and driving an unregistered vehicle.
As previously reported here at Wait, What?, Moales’ church owns a Cadillac Escalade and at least two Mercedes. It was not clear whether the unregistered car Moales was driving was one of those owned by his church.
When Moales failed to show up for court date or dates, an arrest warrant was issued.
Kenneth Moales Jr. serves as Mayor Bill Finch’s campaign treasurer, Chairman of the Bridgeport Board of Education (for a few more months) and is an outspoken ally for Governor Malloy and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor and their effort to promote charter schools and the corporate education reform industry in Connecticut.
Kenneth Moales Jr. is also known as the biggest supporter of faux superintendent of schools, Paul Vallas.
But as reported yesterday, the fancy suits, the swagger and the bullying didn’t stop the legal system from proceeding this time, albeit it proceeded rather slowly.
The Connecticut Post picked up the arrest warrant story yesterday writing, “ Between fighting the foreclosure of his luxurious cathedral, chairing the city’s contentious Board of Education and overseeing the mayor’s campaign finances, Kenneth Moales Jr. became a scofflaw.
According to state records that surfaced Monday, the East End pastor and close ally of Mayor Bill Finch did not show up in court to address a pair of State Police tickets for speeding over 70 mph in an unregistered vehicle in Norwalk in February.”
According to the Connecticut Post, “Moales’ phone was not accepting messages Monday, and he could not be reached at his offices at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, nor around the block at his Central Avenue home… His wife, Ena, said she was unaware of the warrant but would pass along reporters’ messages to Moales.”
The Connecticut post story also highlighted some of Kenneth Moales’ other troubles explaining, “As reported this summer, court documents revealed the church was operating without a certificate of occupancy and owed mortgage payments totaling $7.3 million to lender Foundation Capitol Resources.
Liens against the church and a number of its properties in the East End total nearly $1 million more, including $225,000 owed to the failed The Community’s Bank, shuttered in September by federal authorities.”
You can read yesterday’s Connecticut Post story here: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Warrant-brings-more-controversy-to-Moales-4914909.php
Addition details about Moales’ arrest and his legal troubles will be posted as they become available.