Denver Sheriff Caught Breaking Bad In Meth For Sex Sting: Pat Sullivan Heads To Prison Bearing His Name

69 year old Patrick Sullivan retired from law enforcement with the prestigious honor of Sheriff Of The Year.

In an undercover drug sting 5 months ago,  Sheriff Sullivan’s real life Breaking Bad episode went from bad to worse when he was arrested for trading methamphetamine for sex with a male prostitute.

Sullivan threw the “ice” on the bed, and undressed in a manner that investigators believed was not his first time.

Courtesy Rome News

Retired in 2002 from Arapahoe County,  In 2001 Sullivan was named Sheriff Of The Year by the National Sheriffs Association.

He served on former President Bill Clinton’s National Commission on Crime Prevention and Control in 1995.

The plea deal shocked locals following the case, as  shortly after Sullivan posted bond, he referred to himself as having “Armadillo Skin” and being tough until the truth comes out.

* A tweaker resembling a woman waiting outside in the parking lot who frequently delivered hamburgers to the hourly rate motel guests,  overheard Sullivan say that he was positive that the ice rock fell out of his pants he just picked up from the laundry and that his relative is a Senator.   As he was being arrested she recalls him chanting something about a headed turtle in the desert to all if they dare lock him up .*

Shortly after those comments,  a task force investigating Sullivan grew from 11 to 18, and included the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Michael Dougherty called Sullivan a disgrace to the badge:

“..The defense painted this individual as helping individuals.  I respectfully differ.  He was using meth to obtain sex from individuals and he used he used his authority and former prestige as a sheriff…”

Sullivan pled guilty to one count of felony drug possession and two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of a prostitute.

He was sentenced to 38 days, with a credit for the 8 days served prior to posting bond, and 2 years probation.

Sullivan was remanded to the Sullivan Correctional Facility, named after him,  yesterday.

The current Arapahoe Sheriff Grayson Robinson has asked the county commission to rename the jail.


*This paragraph only is parody for Breaking Bad fans, and did not actually occur.  Like it matters in this one.*


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  1. A Texas Grandfather says:

    Well, lets just think about this sheriff. You were using meth in lieu of cash-crime No. 1. You were engaging in prostitution-crime No. 2.

    Moral crimes are a part of this too. How did you ever get the deal down to the small sentenance given?

    What drug dealer were you supporting with the meth acquisition or did you have someone in the evidence locker handing over the meth?

    This is one of the prime reasons that people hold LE in such low esteem. Your abuse of your former position should put you in prison for the rest of your life. If ever anyone should know better than to engage in such behavior, it should be you.

    This man looks about as contrite as a lottery winner. You are absolutely correct- where did he get the drugs, and why would their need to be an 18 man task force for a misdemeanor pleading?

    My guess, he took the deal here, but he is under Federal Investigation.


  2. cosmo says:

    more common than you think … gee, why does this seem so familiar?

  3. SouthernMom says:

    Wow…I say leave the name on the Jail but add “–Sex Offender” following his name!

    Not really…but seriously!! Shouldn’t they have known before the re-naming ceremony?

    Thank you so much Blink for this article. It so reminds us all that no one is “above” the law and will help us to learn to not assume the best or the normal in LE, or any area of our government.

    Sad story…even sadder outcome I’m sure.

    Happy Easter!

  4. SouthernMom says:

    This comes as no suprise…

    HEADLINE: Arapahoe County Commissioners remove name of sheriff involved in meth case from jailhouse

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