Patrick Sullivan appeared in court just before 1:45 p.m. in a blue pinstripe suit. He pleaded guilty to a felony drug possession charge and a misdemeanor charge of soliciting a prostitute. Three other charges he was facing were dismissed.
He was sentenced to 38 days in jail, but already served eight days. He will serve 30 days in jail and pay a $1,100 in fines. He was also sentenced to two years of probation. He will be housed in the jail named after him in Arapahoe County, where he will be kept out of the general population.
Sullivan's attorney said during the court proceedings on Tuesday the former sheriff has accepted responsibility for the crimes.
"Pat blames no one else," his attorney said. "He blames himself."
"I apologize to the court, to the community, to my family," Sullivan said before being taken into custody. "There is no excuse for my behavior."
Sullivan went to a home in Aurora with meth to exchange the drug for sex with a male acquaintance on Nov. 29, 2011.
Deputy Attorney General Michael Dougherty said Tuesday that during the sting operation, Sullivan threw meth on the bed and then began to undress. He says Sullivan showed signs of someone who had been doing this for a long time.
Dougherty called Sullivan, "a man who's brought disgrace upon himself and law enforcement," and "a disgrace to the badge."
Grayson Robinson, the current Arapahoe County sheriff, says he is happy the task force formed to investigate Sullivan has done its job.
"I am glad there's been a resolution and that the task force did its job," Robinson said Tuesday afternoon.
Robinson says the task force has been suspended, but if new tips come in, it will be reactivated.
The sheriff says Sullivan will also keep his pension. Robinson says once you are eligible you cannot be deemed ineligible because the money was earned for work that was completed. He says there are no other on-going benefits, like health care.
Timothy Faase, who was suspected of being a supplier of meth to Sullivan, was sentenced to three years in prison in March.
Sullivan served as the sheriff for Arapahoe County from 1984 until 2002.
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