Former sheriff Patrick Sullivan who failed drug tests while on probation could get 12-18 months

CENTENNIAL - Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan could face 12-18 months in prison after admitting Thursday that he violated the terms of his probation for a felony drug conviction.

Sullivan walked out of court after his bond hearing. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 19.

Sullivan, who was convicted in a meth-for-sex case, tested positive for methamphetamine three times while on probation. He also allegedly tested positive for amphetamines three times in May, but the amended complaint says confirmation tests have not yet been received on those results.

Sullivan also tested positive for alcohol four times and failed to submit samples for 35 other tests, according to a complaint submitted by his probation officer last month. The officer is asking for Sullivan's probation to be revoked.

In addition to the drug test problems, Sullivan allegedly violated his probation by leaving the state without permission between Jan. 25 and Feb. 5.

In April 2012, Sullivan was sentenced to 38 days in jail and placed on two years' probation after pleading guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine and soliciting for prostitution.

After failing a drug test in March 2014, records show Sullivan's probationary period was extended into July so he may "comply with the conditions of supervision ordered by the court."

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