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Sullivan Prosecutors Request Mental Health Evaluation Of Former Sheriff

Cite 'Dangerous Sexual Conduct'
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Pat Sullivan outside the courtroom in March 2012 (credit: CBS)

Pat Sullivan outside the courtroom in March 2012 (credit: CBS)

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Investigator Brian Maass

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Prosecutors in the case of former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick J. Sullivan have formally asked a judge to order Sullivan to undergo a mental health offense specific evaluation saying “more therapeutic information about the defendant is required” for the probation department to properly supervise Sullivan.

The new motion was filed this week and obtained by CBS4.

The former sheriff pleaded guilty in April to possession of a controlled substance and prostitution/solicitation and was sentenced to two years probation and 30 days in jail. He served 17 days behind bars. He was ensnared in a police sting in 2011 for trading methamphetamine for sex with a male acquaintance.

According to court documents, the probation department asked Sullivan to voluntarily participate in a mental health evaluation but Sullivan declined.

In pressing the issue and asking a Judge to order the evaluation, prosecutors say the probation department has concerns regarding Sullivan’s “ability to safely function and rehabilitate in the community.” Prosecutors go on to say the evaluation will “better protect the community as a whole.”

Multiple times in the motion, prosecutors cite Sullivan’s “dangerous sexual conduct” as part of the reason a mental evaluation is called for.

Sullivan’s lawyer, Kevin McGreevy, declined to comment on the prosecution’s request. McGreevy said he was planning to file a written response next week.

LINK: Read The Motion

- Written by Brian Maass for CBSDenver.com

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