Plea deal possible for former sheriff accused in meth-for-sex case

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo.  -- Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan waived his right to a preliminary hearing during a court appearance Monday.

"It's a good indication that there's ongoing negotiation likely to lead to a plea agreement," says criminal defense attorney David Beller. He is not a part of this case.

He would've been advised of the charges against him which include possession of methamphetamine, prostitution, distribution of a controlled substance and attempting to influence a public official.

The 69-year-old was arrested Nov. 29 for allegedly trading methamphetamine to a man in exchange for sex.

Beller says a plea agreement would spare Sullivan from what has already been a public spectacle. "I think a plea is certainly possible he doesn't have to worry about losing his job he doesn't have to worry about really realistically incarceration on a case like this given his lack of criminal history."

Neither the defense nor prosecutors would comment on whether a plea agreement is in the works.

Monday's court appearance was brief. Chief Judge William Sylvester set arraignment for April 3.

Sullivan was released from the same jail facility that was named after him in December after he posted $50,000 bond.

Sullivan served as the Arapahoe County Sheriff from 1984 until his retirement in 2002. He was named national "Sheriff of the Year" in 2001.

He also served as head of security for Cherry Creek Schools after his retirement.

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