Ex-Sheriff Patrick Sullivan Released From Jail

Sullivan Convicted In Meth-For-Sex Scandal

Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan was released from jail early Saturday after serving 18 days following his conviction in a meth-for-sex scandal.

Sullivan pleaded guilty on April 3 to felony possession of drugs and solicitation of a prostitute.

He was sentenced to 38 days in the jail named for him. He now faces two years supervised probation.

Sullivan was released early because he had already served eight days and, under state law, all inmates are eligible for "good time" and typically are released earlier than their sentenced time.

It was a high "fall from grace" -- as a sentencing judge put it -- for Sullivan, who served 18 years as Arapahoe County's top lawman until he retired in 2002.

Sullivan was named Sheriff of the Year in 2001 by the National Sheriffs' Association and also served on former President Bill Clinton's National Commission on Crime Prevention and Control in 1995.

He was arrested in a sting operation last November after he agreed to provide meth for sex with two men at an Aurora home, authorities said.

A week after his conviction, Arapahoe County Commissioners voted unanimously to yank the disgraced sheriff's name from the Patrick J. Sullivan Detention Center.

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