Ex-sheriff Pat Sullivan pleads guilty to violating probation, could get 12-18 months in jail

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan pleaded guilty Thursday to violating his probation by leaving the state without permission and could be sentenced to jail for 12 to 18 months.

Sullivan was allowed to leave court. He will be sentenced June 19.

The judge has the option to sentence Sullivan up to 3 years in prison.

Sullivan, who served a short jail sentence two years ago in a meth-for-sex case, tested positive for using drugs and alcohol while on probation.

From the start of Sullivan’s probation, court records show he has kept up a pattern of repeated offenses against his sentence. He has failed to provide a number of urine tests. The latest violation happened last month.

Court documents reveal he tested positive for meth twice in September and once in March. Sullivan also tested positive for alcohol four times from April 2012 to August 2013. All this after the former sheriff was convicted for trading meth for sex with young men.


  • Frank

    Because the goal is recovery not retribution. I ask you to consider if your loved one was on parole with a drug problem, would you want that family member immediately sent to prison on the first violation, or would you want an experienced and highly educated judge to decide how best to resolve the situation meaningfully and effectively, without vengeance? Prison is not a problem solver, unfortunately, and despite all wishes it was….

    • Frank

      He should get what he deserves, that’s for sure. I don’t know this person or begin to apologize for what he’s done. My quick thought was focused more on my own difficulties involved with trying to help someone I love recover from addiction combined with incarceration. She was in both Arapahoe County jail, and the Colo. Dept. of Corr. Often it was hard for me to know whether I thought she deserved a hug, or a scolding. Similarly, her experiences helped her in some ways, but were brutal, cruel and quite unnecessary as well. All of that was hard for me watch, up close, without being able to successfully help. I’m thrilled to add that she’s made through, and she’s sober for now. Clearly, this person, in this article, is a very different story. I was generalizing & not straight on the topic. I certainly don’t want to minimize anything he’s done, or offend in any way, to any degree, any persons and/or families he may have hurt.

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