Ex-Colo. Sheriff, Patrick Sullivan, Pleads Guilty To Meth-For-Sex Charges and practically walks – 30 days.

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Patrick Sullivan was Arapahoe County sheriff from 1984 to 2002 and was named national Sheriff of the Year in 2001. (Denver Post file)
Patrick Sullivan was Arapahoe County sheriff from 1984 to 2002 and was named national Sheriff of the Year in 2001. (Denver Post file)

UPDATE April 10, 2012

The name of the Arapahoe County detention center “The Patrick J. Sullivan Detention Center” is gone, Patrick Sullivan will remain, at least throughout his 30 day sentence.

The name reverts back to the original name, Arapahoe County Detention Center, after commissioners voted to remove Sullivans’ name from the facility. Original story below.

The following story is from the Huffington Post:

Patrick Sullivan, Ex-Colo. Sheriff, Pleads Guilty To Meth-For-Sex Charges (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
04/ 3/12 04:45 PM ET

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A former Colorado sheriff known for his crusade against youth drug use has pleaded guilty to charges of trading methamphetamine for sex.

Patrick Sullivan pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of solicitation for prostitution. He was the sheriff in Arapahoe County from 1984 until 2002.

The 69-year-old was arrested after a sting operation last year in which investigators say he offered methamphetamine to a man in exchange for sex. He was held in custody in a jail that was named after him.

Prosecutors say they want Sullivan to serve time behind bars, while defense attorneys are seeking probation finish this story

From the editor: The rumor around Denver is that Sullivan got this slap-on-the-wrist because allegedly he can roll-over on Denver fat-cats who might be implicated if he testifies. Maybe this isn’t over yet…

UPDATE April 7, 2012: What’s it all about? Here’s an older story from Westword magazine:
Pat Sullivan: Tales of meth for masturbation, gay porn in bust of ex-Arapahoe sheriff.

“according to a probable cause affidavit on view below, he’s been busy lately. On October 4, the document states, Arapahoe County deputies received a call about an “unwanted male party” at a home in Centennial. According to CBS4, the home in question provides shelter for recovering addicts — and apparently, some of them wanted the man later identified as Sullivan to hit the highway.”

Just shy of a month later, on November 13, members of the South Metro Drug Task Force were told by a pair of confidential informants that they would “definitely” be able to obtain meth from Sullivan in exchange for “sexual acts” — something they said they’d done before. Shortly thereafter, a series of phone calls and text messages led to a planned rendezvous in Aurora.

The affidavit notes that the home was outfitted with audio and video equipment prior to the planned meeting. That gear later recorded Sullivan handing the source a packet that tested positive for meth in the bedroom of the house. Sullivan also had a second bag of meth on his person when cops swooped in and took him into custody.

In the wake of the arrest, a search of Sullivan’s home was conducted, with what’s described as a large quantity of gay pornography being seized. Meanwhile, Jonathan Elinoff, a producer for embattled KHOW host Tom Martino, provided law enforcement and CBS4 with videotape of an interview conducted with one William Hadley, who said he and Sullivan had shared drugs and more plenty of times in the past.

“I mean we’ve sat at Cheesman Park in his (Sullivan’s) SUV and smoked the fuck out of a lot of dope,” Hadley said. He added that he’d masturbated in front of Sullivan at the former sheriff’s request — and he wasn’t the only one. A second man interviewed by Elinoff claimed that Sullivan buys addicts drugs “in order for them to take their clothes off. That’s the power he has over them, their addiction.” read more from Westword

Dude gets 30 days from Arapahoe County Chief District Judge William Sylvester.

Colorado Deputy Attorney General Michael Dougherty, a special “prosecutor” took over the case from the Arapahoe district attorney.

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