Criminal Justice

Decorated Ex-Sheriff Busted in Sex-for-Meth Probe

A retired Colorado sheriff has been arrested by deputies from the department he once ran, for allegedly offering a man methamphetamines in exchange for sex.

Patrick Sullivan, the 68-year-old former sheriff of Arapahoe County, was arrested Tuesday at the home of a man with whom deputies say he had arranged to provide drugs in return for sex, the New York Times reports.

Sullivan, who served as the county sheriff from 1984 to 2002, was charged with unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing or sale of a controlled substance.

He spent the night in a cell at the county jail that bears his name.

Sullivan, a well known and widely respected lawman in the Denver area, had been named national Sheriff of the Year in 2001.

Grayson Robinson, the current Arapahoe County Sheriff, who had served as a deputy under Sullivan, said he and his entire department were saddened by his predecessor’s arrest. But he said the office had a larger duty to the community it serves.

Those who know Sullivan expressed shock at news of his arrest.

“I just cannot believe this happened,” said Robert R. Gallagher Jr., a former district attorney in the district that includes Arapahoe County. “This is not the Pat Sullivan I served with and respected so much.”

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