Ex-Colo. sheriff pleads guilty to drug charges

By the Associated Press | April 3, 2012 | 6:05 PM EDT

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A former Colorado sheriff known for his crusade against youth drug use pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of trading methamphetamine for sex.

Patrick Sullivan was sentenced to 38 days in jail, with credit for eight days already served, and two years of probation for felony possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of solicitation for prostitution. He must pay $1,100 in penalties.

He was the sheriff in Arapahoe County from 1984 until 2002, when he resigned to become security director of the Cherry Creek School District. He retired from the district in 2008.

The 69-year-old was arrested after a sting operation last year in which investigators say he offered methamphetamine to a man in exchange for sex. He was held in custody in a jail that was named after him.

Charges of distribution of methamphetamine and attempting to influence a public servant against him were dismissed.

Sullivan apologized in court and said there is no excuse for his behavior.

"I plan to seek forgiveness from those I have harmed," Sullivan said, seated at a table. "I want to move forward in my life in a positive direction."

Sullivan has had surgery on both legs and is paralyzed in his lower left leg, KMGH-TV in Denver reported. He used a cane in court.

Last month, a man accused of supplying methamphetamine to Sullivan was sentenced to three years in prison. Timothy Faase pleaded guilty to possessing more than 2 grams of a controlled substance. Faase was arrested after police followed Sullivan to his home.