An ex-sheriff who once was one of the most respected law enforcement officers in the country has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for repeatedly violating his probation after pleading guilty to trading methamphetamine for sex.
Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan missed 36 urine tests and tested positive for meth or alcohol 10 times in more than two years on probation, according to his probation officer.
Sullivan pleaded guilty last month to probation violation after admitting he traveled to Texas following his brother’s death without court permission.
The probation officer said Sullivan basically left a voice mail saying he was leaving Colorado and took off.
“I am sorry I did not succeed in probation,” the 71-year-old Sullivan told the court. “I have a drug problem, and I have had a drug problem for a long time. All I can do is live a better life from today.”
Sullivan gave probation officials a variety of excuses – such as vitamins or medications — for testing positive for meth, the probation officer said, but he never offered any proof.
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