Former Sheriff’s Home Searched, Gay Porn, Computer Seized

Written by Brian Maass

DENVER (CBS4) – CBS4 has learned that law enforcement investigators searched the Littleton home of former Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan Tuesday night, removing a large volume of adult male pornography along with computer hard drives.

Authorities did not find any methamphetamine at Sullivan’s home.

The search came hours after police arrested Sullivan Tuesday afternoon on a felony drug charge, accusing the 68-year-old former sheriff of attempting to trade methamphetamine for sex with a male acquaintance.

Sullivan is being held on $500,000 bond at the Arapahoe County Jail which is named for the retired sheriff — the Patrick J. Sullivan Detention Center.

Sullivan made a first court appearance Wednesday morning. He was wearing ankle and wrist shackles and didn’t say anything in court. Sullivan communicated through his attorney.

Prosecutors asked for Sullivan’s bond to be increased from $250,000 to $500,000 and the judge granted that request.

Sullivan is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 5 for the official filing of charges.

“This is a very sad time for the sheriff’s office and the community,” said current Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson. “No one, absolutely no one is above the law and particularly current or former peace officers.”

The Tuesday afternoon arrest of Sullivan in a law enforcement sting came about two weeks after authorities began looking into Sullivan’s suspected involvment in distributing meth. They say the investigation was prompted by several credible informants who linked Sullivan to methamphetamine distribution.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Sullivan Affidavit

According to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, Sullivan agreed to meet a male friend Tuesday and provide meth in exchange for the performance of a sex act. He was taken into custody without incident.

Sullivan, who was once named Sheriff of the Year by the National Sheriff Association, agreed to a lengthy interview with investigators Tuesday night. Sources say Sullivan agreed to allow investigators to search his home.

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Investigators removed several computer hard drives along with what are described as hundreds of DVDs of gay pornography.

Detectives also seized Sullivan’s car when he was arrested.

More About Pat Sullivan

Sullivan was the elected Arapahoe County Sheriff for 19 years. He retired in 2002 and went on to become director of safety and security for Cherry Creek Schools. He was a nationally-regarded law enforcement figure and in 2001 as the National Sheriff Association named Sullivan “Sheriff of the Year.”

According to public records, in 2007 and 2008 Sullivan was an active participant in state and local methamphetamine task forces, helping craft a state plan to deal with the scourge of methamphetamine.

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Pat Sullivan (credit: CBS)

Sullivan was a revered figure in law enforcement. When he retired the Rocky Mountain News called him “Dedicated. Loyal. Available. Protector. High Achiever. Medal of Valor Winner. Hero.”

The National Association of School Resource Officers gave Sullivan a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. At the time the executive director of NASRO, Curtis Lavarello, said of Sullivan, “You are not only committed to the SRO concept, but have truly spent your entire career making every effort to keep children safe.”

Sullivan served in law enforcement for 40 years, beginning in 1962 as a Littleton police officer and dispatcher. He joined the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in 1979 as a captain and patrol division commander. He was named undersheriff in 1983 and appointed to the top job 6 months later.

Sullivan testified before congressional subcommittees on several occasions, weighing in on various law enforcement issues.

President Bill Clinton named Sullivan in 1995 to the National Commission on Crime Prevention and Control. According to a 1995 White House news release, Sullivan was a consultant to U.S. House Subcommittee on Crime and served on two advisory councils affiliated with the Department of Justice.

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  1. Nancy J. says:

    There is no reason to mention the adult gay pornography DVDs, other than to embarass the former sheriff who apparently lived his life in the closet.

  2. Drea says:

    I agree, Obviously he is still in the closet so leave that issue alone. But still, this is exactly why so many people do NOT trust law enforcement officers. I hope he pays for his crimes…like they said, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW right?

  3. Normal Guy says:

    Would it be overly suspicious of me to wonder where this high moral character was getting the drugs?
    Are they going to charge him with with soliciation ? they would anyone else you can count on it.
    Yeah I trust our elected leaders, judges and law enforcement agencies sure I do.
    There never seems to be an end does there?

  4. happyday says:

    Contrary to some of the snide remarks on this site, not all law enforcement officers are bad. You people need to stop jumping on that bandwagon and be glad we have so many very good officers to protect us and our property. Pat Sullivan is a very sad type of person and I hope he gets help. I personally feel bad for his family as I would anyone else’s family in this situation. The media just loves these stories and have great folly with very public personalities!

    1. KJ989 says:

      OK there, wife of Officer “Happyday”. Tell your husband that he and his department need to start cleaning up their act. You can “Hope” Sullivan gets “Help”, the rest of us are hoping he either hangs himself in his jail cell or gets beaten to death by his cell mates.

  5. Caroline Tremblay-Loesch says:

    I believe that Law Enforcement Officer’s should be held at a higher accountability. To many things are swept under the rug…well finally it catches up to you and you can no longer sweep it. It should of never got to that point. I don’t believe that this man just started this practice. The point is not that he’s alledgedly gay…but that he paid for sex, he sold meth for it. Was this going on while he was still employed with the Sheriff’s Office????? Everything that is done in secret will come out in the open eventually. Its a matter of time.

    1. KarenR says:

      You’re right, but it’s worse than you know. He actively sought out teenagers in rehab for meth addiction, encouraged them to start using meth again and used under age boys as sex toys. He also was spreading HIV to his victims. He was doing this while actively employed to provide “Security” for Cherry Creek Public Schools and very, very, very likely while employed as a Sheriff. When confronted by civilians for dealing meth, he shoved his badge in their face and informed him “I am the police”.

  6. Justifiable says:

    While it is sad that he is in the closet. It is nothing that law enforcement hadn’t done before. Bringing up every piece of dirty laundry that they could find to make a case. And in truth it’s the same law enforcement that made it clear that it was GAY porn that they found. Who really cares. Yet these are the same people who walk around thinking they are infallible Until they get caught. Thats why we have such outrage.

  7. CRI Investigator says:

    Another kudo’s to Colorado….the police state. lol

  8. Letty Hagstrom says:

    It seems that just like the J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington, D.C., the detention center will soon have to be retitled due to the rather unwholesome behavior of its namesake (unless it is to be used exclusively for sex perverts)!

  9. Jancy N says:

    There is very good reason to mention the gay porn & dvd’s seized. The more this case unravels the more you’ll understand why. Patrick Sullivan was leading a bizarre, dangerous and very secretive life. There are accounts of him possibly being heavily involved in a large gay sex for drugs ring. There are accounts that he was possibly HIV positive, having unprotected sex, and not disclosing his HIV status to those he was having sex with. There are accounts of him possibly manipulating young gay men, former and current addicts, and coercing them into feeding his freakish and illegal desires. He was a man who frequently used his former powerful position and influence to intimidate and frighten others in weaker, vulnerable positions. The “large volumes” of pornographic material seized from Patrick Sullivan attest to his sickness and uncontrollable behavior. It will serve as further evidence to the secretive and bizarre life he was living.

  10. migrant3 says:

    That ‘sock cutter’ Sullivan casts a suspicious shadow over all of his law enforcement colleagues. Who is a citizen/taxpayer to trust?

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