AG's Office Appointed Special Prosecutor In Sullivan Case

Arapahoe County Prosecutor Asked To Withdraw In Case Of Ex-Sheriff

The Colorado attorney general's office has been appointed special prosecutor in the case of a former sheriff accused of trading methamphetamine for sex.

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the move Thursday in the case of 68-year-old Patrick Sullivan Jr., a former Arapahoe County sheriff. The Arapahoe County district attorney, Carol Chambers, asked to withdraw from the case.

Sullivan faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, attempting to influence a public servant and solicitation of a prostitute.

He was arrested in November. Until he was released on bond on Dec. 6, he was being held in a jail that was named for him.

Sullivan was sheriff from 1984 until 2002.

A spokesman for the attorney general's office said Deputy Attorney General Michael Dougherty will be the lead prosecutor.

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