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June 19, 2014

Sentencing set for ex-sheriff in meth-for-sex case

DENVER (AP) — When a revered former Colorado sheriff pleaded guilty to plying young men with methamphetamine in exchange for sexual favors two years ago, his colleagues were stunned.

But when a judge spared him prison time, ordering probation instead, some held hope that Patrick Sullivan, once named the nation's top sheriff, would be able to redeem his tarnished image.

Instead, the former Arapahoe County sheriff again faces prison when he is sentenced Thursday for violating his probation for at least the third time, repeatedly testing positive for drugs and alcohol since his felony conviction.

"I'm not shocked anymore," said former Boulder County Sheriff George Epp. "What it tells me is a switch flipped somehow and it hasn't flipped back."

The hearing is expected to draw supporters, but also some still angered by a sentence they saw as too light.

Sullivan's attorney did not return calls seeking comment Wednesday. A number listed for Sullivan was disconnected.

Before his arrest in December 2011, Sullivan, 71, was known as an anti-drug crusader, a lawman with a record so distinguished the county named its jail after him. The National Sheriffs' Association tapped him as its "top sheriff" in 2001, and he continued to command respect even after he resigned the following year to oversee security for a school district.

But a darker picture of Sullivan emerged. A 911 caller asked police to remove from his home an "old man" who was trying to get three recovering addicts back on drugs. Authorities later learned the old man was Sullivan, and he was dealing meth to men in exchange for sex. Sullivan would develop relationships with vulnerable young men, help them find jobs and get out of jail, and then provide them the drug.

"I was just thunderstruck," Epp said. "It was a complete 180-degree turn from the person I knew."

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