DENVER — A day after disgraced former Sheriff Patrick Sullivan pleaded guilty to drug and prostitution charges, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office released video of the night Sullivan was arrested in a sex-for-methamphetamine sting operation.
Sullivan, 69, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail, placed on two years of probation and fined $1,100 after pleading guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine and soliciting for prostitution, a misdemeanor.
The former sheriff, who was arrested in November, agreed to the deal to avoid further public humiliation from a trial, where damning information would have been made public.
But the video released by the sheriff’s office includes offers plenty of humiliation for Sullivan, who’s shown being arrested during a bust on the night of Nov. 29, 2011 at a home in Aurora, where he agreed to meet two confidential male informants planning to trade them meth in exchange for them having sex with him.
The video, taken by a hidden camera, begins with undercover officers testing their audio and video equipment.
“Hey, Pat’s calling,” one officer says a few minutes into the video.
A few minutes later, Sullivan shows up.
The video shows him, wearing a cap, bringing in a portable DVD player and then playing a gay pornographic DVD.
“Real young guys,” says Sullivan, referencing the DVD.
Sullivan then starts to undress, taking off his shirt and belt.
Then, he tosses an envelope of methamphetamine toward one of the men in the room.
“Have you had any of it?” the man asks Sullivan. “No,” replies the former sheriff, just before officers storm into the room.
They detonated a flash-bang grenade and then pushed Sullivan face-down onto the bed, where he was handcuffed and arrested.