DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Attorney General’s Office will take over the prosecution of former Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan. The move came after the Arapahoe County District Attorney asked that it be removed from the case “because Patrick Sullivan is the former sheriff of Arapahoe County.”
The 18th Judicial District, overseen by District Attorney Carol Chambers, made the request to Governor John Hickenlooper’s office in a letter Jan. 9. They only cited the 68-year-old former sheriff’s former job as their reason for wanting to step aside. Hickenlooper agreed to name the Attorney General as the special prosecutor in the case.
Sullivan is facing multiple charges after he was arrested last year allegedly trying to trade methamphetamine for sex with a male acquaintance.
On Jan. 19, the Chief Judge in Arapahoe County granted the District Attorney’s request to withdraw from the case.
Sullivan is free on bond and is due back in court Jan. 31 for a preliminary hearing.
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