Pat Sullivan, disgraced sheriff, could get 12-18 months after probation violations for meth

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Pat Sullivan in court today. Additional photos, video and documents below.
Back in 2011, former Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan fell from grace in a startling way after he was accused of trading meth for sex. In 2012, he received a 38-day wrist-slap of a sentence, but he subsequently violated his parole.

Now, he's done it again, in a very big way, and with more than a little help from meth, to which he retains an apparent fondness. After a hearing today, he could be facing twelve-to-eighteen months behind bars.

As we've reported, Sullivan became an undersheriff in Arapahoe County way back in 1983, rising to the top job a year later. In 1989, he cemented his image as a man still willing to mix it up with the bad guys when he personally rescued a deputy trapped in a hostage situation involving Eugene Thompson, who'd murdered two women -- one of them his mother-in-law. The image of Sullivan squealing away from the scene as an ambulance waited to care for his colleague was indelible.

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A portrait of Sullivan from better times.
Ten years later, the attack on Columbine High School took place, and while the facility isn't in Arapahoe County, Sullivan played a major role in the subsequent investigation, emerging with his reputation further enhanced. No wonder that when the onetime national sheriff of the year retired from his post in 2002, he was quickly snapped up by the Cherry Creek School District, which made him director of safety and security -- a position he held for the next six years.

After leaving the Cherry Creek job, Sullivan faded from public view -- but he returned in a big way on November 17, 2011, when the sheriff's department announced that "several individuals presented credible information that provided probable cause to believe that Sullivan may be involved in the distribution and use of methamphetamine."

The inquiry that followed culminated when Sullivan was taken into custody after allegedly attempting to trade meth for sex with what was described as a "male acquaintance."

Then-Sheriff Grayson Robinson offered the following comment about this bizarre turn of events: "The allegations of criminal behavior involving Pat Sullivan are extraordinarily disturbing... While the arrest of the former sheriff is very troubling, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office continues to ensure that those who are responsible for criminal behavior and the victimization of our community will be held accountable by the criminal justice system. No one, and particularly a current or a former peace officer, is above the law. The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office has always demonstrated a solid commitment to our community and to public safety. This is a very sad time for the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office and our community."

The next year, Sullivan pleaded guilty to drug possession and soliciting a prostitute -- a felony and a misdemeanor, respectively. Three other charges were dropped, with the court agreeing to put Sullivan behind bars for a month or so and also hitting him with two years' worth of probation. (See editor's note below.)

The following August brought evidence that Sullivan hadn't exactly been walking the straight and narrow after completing his term in stir. A so-called "Special Report" by Sullivan's probation officer, Hallie Miller, maintained that "the probation department has become aware of behaviors of the defendant that are concerning."

Continue for more about former sheriff Pat Sullivan's parole violation, including a video, documents and more.


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ObamaNazi
ObamaNazi

He looks like a  younger version of Harry Reid.

Virginia Denton
Virginia Denton

I worked as a Medical Officer for Potter Co Sheriff in Amarillo Texas and went to the police academy. during my 14month nightmare of being a cop my sergeant asked me if he could lick my pussy juice he called me saggy tits he yelled "women deserve to be raped " when I bitched about being locked in a Max cell with a capital murderer/hostage taker. when I complained about him it got 50 times worse and I was left alone with dangerous inmates all the time in their attempt to run me off. I sued them for sexual harassment in federal court watch the bhelped of them to get up on the stand in their uniforms under oath and lie. They said I sexually harassed them. Yep after being a cop and working with them I fucking despise them. They get away with literal murder and are backed up by the courts.

Kurt Weißner
Kurt Weißner

This sick old cop needs to be put away for life 187

Rick Hyde
Rick Hyde

Yes they would. He needs intensive inpatient therapy

Jordan Wallace
Jordan Wallace

Rose, should I like him? He seems like someone I should have grown to love on Fox.

Kellie Sierra
Kellie Sierra

Such bs he should have been locked up.....any other person would have been tossed into a cell for YEARS.....talk about favoritism

Becca Mertens
Becca Mertens

If he was a young black man he would have never even had probation, he would have done several years in jail originally! The fact that hes an old white man that used to be someone important should not be taken into consideration during sentencing.

Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis

No ALL cops are pieces of shit. They are obedient dogs that would violate your rights, bust your head open, and even kill you just because they are told to do so. All pig cops are the enemy of the people.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

How many years would / does a Hispanic Meth tweaker receive in Arapaho county for the same Meth, Prostitution and Pimping FELONIES and repeated probation violations of the same ?



Pat Burr Rosenthal
Pat Burr Rosenthal

WTH does this scumbag have on people that keeps him out of prison. His sorry ass should have been locked up and the key thrown away. He sickens me.

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

Someone please create a viable alternative for music event and news....Westword fucking sucks anymore!

Christopher Black
Christopher Black

fuck this retard raping,meth slinging bandito-SAVE THE $ KILL HIM

Justin Kershman
Justin Kershman

Stick his crackhead ass in the joint with the fellas...he'll get a warm welcome rug rolled out...

Jonathan Sublette
Jonathan Sublette

Are you saying the cops are protecting him? They are. & his pension is your tax money!! Which he buys meth & boy hookers with. Just 1 of his charges is a 20yr minimum! He deserves to die in jail.

Margaux Milchen
Margaux Milchen

I think that he is getting special treatment because of the job he used to have.

Jonathan Sublette
Jonathan Sublette

Get this guy out of our state, take away his pension!! He's using our tax money to buy white trash bathtub crack! & he's a CHOMO!! 2felonies!! He needs to get 10-15 years for each charge. Put him in San Quentin or super max. Treat this dirty ass like he treated little boys! & he gets others addicted to the worse drug known to man!! We need to protest!!

Matthew Nelson
Matthew Nelson

law enforcement protects its own, that's no secret. what's appalling is the sentencing fiasco. i've seen similar crimes prosecuted federally that got the offenders 10+ years in addition to 2-5 years of supervised release. and you're telling me this guy, this former sheriff, got 38 days and only faces 12-18 more months after another offense. you're telling me this and i'm still expected to respect the justice system?

Erin Vigil
Erin Vigil

Sullivan is sick disgusting and too old to bother with rehabilitation. Plz don't waste our tax $$$ sentence all pedophiles perverts to death

Kerri Peek
Kerri Peek

It's also likely that he murdered someone, but it was covered up. Research it. Body was found in the Platte.

Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis

More prove that the pig cops are the real criminals, all cops are shit.

Shontale Burden
Shontale Burden

In a heartbeat they would be back in jail. He should have been put in prison.

Jonathan Sublette
Jonathan Sublette

Absolutely!! Get this meth junkie white trash POShit looser out of our state!! F****** CHOMO!! Canyon City super max. Meth is ruining so many peoples lives! & your life will be too, he's a sex offender, & possession of white trash drugs... Both FELONIES!!!!!! No preferential treatment. Let him get raped in jail.

Jonathan Sublette
Jonathan Sublette

Yes, this Evil man needs to be locked up for sex crimes & selling & possessing meth. Both felonies'!!! He's a pedofile & does not deserve special treatment! R U serious, he just got monitored probation! Normal people who did what he did, would be locked up in the DOC! Why is he still on our streets,? If he's out, he needs to be in Rehab, half-way house, after his minimum sentence of 20yrs. He needs to die in jail!! CHOMO,, send him to Canyon City Super Max.. Or put him in another states jail & don't let him back to CO.. We send him right back out to his dealers & his boy toys. I don't care what he used to be.. He's a normal citizen now, and should be treated as such.

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

Lesson to the kids...if you are ex LEO, and you break bad, you'll get consideration, especially if the jail you're gonna sit in used to be named for you. I mean, MJ is legal in CO now, smoke that...goes to show you don't need a whole lot in the way of intellectual capacity to be in LE...

David Sheridan
David Sheridan

It's hard to be normal after flooding you're Dopamine receptors. He will never be the same. Creep. He needs to find God soon. He's already going to Hell.

Sarah Levy
Sarah Levy

Of course anyone else would be back in jail. Maybe someone needs a 12step program too

Eric Scott
Eric Scott

But it's ok to sell meth and fuck little boys apparently

Eric Scott
Eric Scott

Considering Arapahoe gave me 5 years probation for selling weed and locked me up for having to much water in my piss I would say yes

Jeff Rice
Jeff Rice

If it were a civilian, after failing one test, missing one test or violating any kind of probation, it would be automatic jail time. And a LOT LONGER than 12-18 months. This prick deserves life (which would probably be only two years left at the rate he's going). He doesn't deserve to be "free"

Dustin Nelson
Dustin Nelson

His badge still protects him. If this were anybody else it would be 20+ YEARS not months

the_streets_yo
the_streets_yo

they and them...


you might have a solid reason for your emotions...but I think you have become jaded and no doubt, a man hater.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay           Why are you pointing out only a Hispanic? 


You are obviously a racist.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you don't miss a trick, do you Margaux?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... Step 1 = PRISON


Step 2 = see step 1


Step 3 = see step 2


...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... Mentally Retarded boys.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@WonkeyPotay ... he didn't "serve" shit, he was PAID to perform a JOB, just like any other employee.



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