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Sheriff arrested for trading meth for gay sex

A married Colorado man who was once named “sheriff of the year” was arrested Nov. 29 on suspicion of trying to trade drugs to a man for sex, said investigators who monitored the deal.

Drug task-force officers were “visually monitoring” former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan, 68, when he delivered methamphetamine to an Aurora home and sought sex in return, current Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.

The investigation of Sullivan was launched after a man contacted police in September saying “an old guy” was trying to get his roommates back into drugs and had been smoking methamphetamine with them, according to a police report.

Robinson said Sullivan had an ongoing relationship with the man he was visiting when he was arrested, as well as other men he had a history of bonding out of jails in the Denver metro region.

Sullivan’s bond was doubled this morning from $250,000 to $500,000. Ironically, he’s being held in the jail that bears his name, the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility.

Sullivan was sheriff from 1984 until his retirement in 2002. He was named Sheriff of the Year by the National Sheriffs’ Association in 2001.

Sullivan’s adult daughter told local TV reporters outside her parents’ home that the family was in disbelief and needed privacy.

The Class 5 felony carries a penalty of up to six years in prison, but the investigation is ongoing, and more charges and arrests are expected.

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