Who made the cut in our 2011 Hall of Shame
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Patrick J. Sullivan

Some men take up golf when they retire. Others collect model trains or travel the world. Patrick J. Sullivan, the well-respected, longtime Arapahoe County sheriff, apparently chose another hobby: buying meth and smoking it with men whom he'd bonded out of jail in return for sex. In November, Sullivan, a national Sheriff of the Year who'd left the department in 2002, was arrested by current Arapahoe County sheriff's deputies and charged with distribution of a controlled substance and solicitation of prostitution. He was then booked into the detention facility that bears his own name (though probably not for long). The arrest shocked Sullivan's family, friends and colleagues, including the Cherry Creek School District, where Sullivan worked as director of security from 2002 to 2008. Since then, the bizarre case has gotten even stranger. News outlets have interviewed several people who say they smoked meth with Sullivan or saw him engaging in sex acts; it was also reported that Sullivan had recommended a 27-year-old former adult-film actor and bathhouse worker for a job with the school district. In fact, Sullivan bailed that man, Sean Moss, out of jail in January. Twelve days later, Moss was found dead in the South Platte River; an autopsy report showed there was meth in his system.

Luke Chrisco

What kind of man climbs into a shit-filled porta-potty at a yoga festival and lowers himself into the tank below just so he can watch women pull their pants down and poop on him? A man like Luke Chrisco. In fact, it was a regular pastime. The thirty-year-old Chrisco was arrested in June, a couple of days after several people reported that there was a man hiding inside the portable toilet at the Hanuman Yoga Festival in Boulder; they told police that the shit-stained fellow ran off after he was detected. Chrisco was eventually charged with eight counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of unlawful sexual contact — and he is representing himself in court, possibly because no one wants to vouch for a feces-flecked peeper. Or even get near him. Chrisco, who told a news outlet that he believes women are goddesses, also admitted to police that he had hidden in other bathrooms in Boulder, including at Naropa University and the University of Colorado, so that he could be number one with women going number two.

The 1 Percent

They could be your friends or your family, people you've known for years or folks you just recently met. They could be sitting next to you at the movie theater or cutting you off in traffic. They are certainly your bankers, and they might just be your employer, as well. They are the 1 percent, and everyone else (which means the 99 percent) may or may not be mad at them. The people who camped out in tents in New York and Oakland and Philadelphia and on the sidewalks around Denver's Civic Center Park as part of the Occupy movement certainly are. Just take a look at the messages on their cardboard signs, bashing the downtrodden rich and much-maligned wealthy. But as winter sets in, the chilly 99 percenters may have to find indoor couches to crash on and space heaters to plug in, while the 1 percent laugh their evil-villain laughs — and luxuriate in mansions where the temperature is set to 75 degrees.

Cantaloupe

Unassuming, orange and typically sweet, the Colorado cantaloupe turned sour this year when it was fingered as the culprit responsible for thirty deaths, eight of them in Colorado. All told, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proclaimed, 146 people in 28 states were sickened by listeria found in cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms in Holly. As a result, the melon, a crop that has long been one of Colorado's most proud, was tossed off shelves and out of kitchens nationwide — regardless of what farm it came from, which bruised the balance sheets of farmers growing cantaloupes a hundred miles away in Rocky Ford. Federal authorities are now weighing whether to criminally prosecute the owners of Jensen Farms, while the families of those who died are already filing lawsuits. And although it's illegal to libel a fruit in Colorado (seriously), there isn't much the Rocky Ford growers can do besides eat their losses.

Brett Reese

If all you need to know you learned in kindergarten, then let's hope your kids don't get their education in the Greeley-Evans School District. Because if they do, here's what they might learn from school-board member Brett Reese: Guns should be carried at school; Martin Luther King was a whore-mongering commie; liquor is the way to handle your problems; threatening and bullying people who don't like you is appropriate, and so is making sexually suggestive comments. Call them the golden rules — with a twist. In May, Reese was censured by his fellow boardmembers after they accused him of both showing up to a meeting while under the influence and inappropriately touching a teacher and making sexually suggestive comments to her. But that was just the most recent in a string of problems that landed Reese in a dunce cap several times in 2011. In January, he repeatedly read a manifesto on his FM radio station that branded MLK as a sexual degenerate, a Communist and "a modern-day" plastic god. Reese later promised to carry his gun to school-board meetings to protect himself against people who disagreed with his take on the civil rights hero; the school board passed a rule forbidding that. He was also accused of threatening a rival radio broadcaster, which landed him in hot water with local law enforcement. Reese has denied or defended himself against most of the allegations, but he still gets an F in this class.

Jesse Hodgson

There's nothing wrong with a little kinky sex between consenting adults, even if it involves, um, diapers. But people come unpinned when someone's sexual fetish spills over those boundaries and affects non-consenting adults or children. In July, Jesse "Pampers" Hodgson, a former Mountain View Fire Rescue firefighter, told a judge that he'd let his fetish for wearing diapers take over his life. Hodgson, 37, had been arrested months earlier and accused of sexually assaulting a drunken female while he was wearing an adult diaper, as well as exposing himself to a child, along with several other inappropriate diaper-related actions. He eventually pleaded guilty to felony attempted sexual assault, misdemeanor sexual contact and indecent exposure and was sentenced to eighteen months of work release and eight years of supervised probation — something that will hopefully allow him to earn his big-boy underpants.

Michael Gilliland

Michael Gilliland, the high-flying founder of Wild Oats in Boulder and the Sunflower Farmers Market chain, was grounded in February when he was arrested in Phoenix and charged with trying to hook up with an underage prostitute. According to police, the 53-year-old Gilliland offered to pay $100 to have sex with a seventeen-year-old girl he'd met online; she even asked him to bring cigarettes to the motel, saying she was only seventeen and not old enough to buy them. When he showed up, however, Gilliland discovered that the girl was an undercover cop. He resigned as CEO of Sunflower, and not just because the market — famous for its healthy-lifestyle products — doesn't carry smokes. A trial is set for January.

Lisa Norton

It doesn't get much worse than the story of Lisa Norton. In June, the 32-year-old Boulder woman went on a bender just two days after being sentenced in a previous DUI case to probation and alcohol monitoring. This time, however, things turned out much worse. Norton was driving a pickup truck on Nelson Road near Longmont when she lost control, according to police reports, and smashed into another car, killing 33-year-old Gabriel Nielsen and seriously injuring his sister and his two-year-old daughter. But the story doesn't end there. After the crash, Norton reportedly got out of her truck and jumped into the Clover Basin Reservoir, where she tried to swim away from police. Some boaters thwarted the attempt, however, pulling her out and turning her over to the cops. Norton was later charged with first-degree murder, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and other offenses. She pleaded not guilty in December and is scheduled to face trial in May.

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VivlianWozz
VivlianWozz

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Stealth2
Stealth2

So the two mopes who took their dead friend's credit card and partied at Shotgun Willie's before FINALLY calling the cops didn't make the cut? Maybe this list should go to 11 (Spinal Tap reference...)

druid0621
druid0621

Sour grapes from n'er do wells. It's so easy to blame others for failure, instead of looking to oneself. Not everyone can be rich - it takes guts and tenacity, along with the ability to accept risk and failure. How many new millionaires are created each year in the US? If you don't like it here, you can always go abroad and try your luck there. But I'll bet you'll be back.

wolfiegd
wolfiegd

And your comments are supposed to make everyone overlook the illegal activities many of these people you support so much? A thief is a thief and just because he is rich doesn't make it any less criminal. Poeple like you want to overlook anything the rich do as "they deserve to be treated different". No they don't. They deserve the same respect everyone else gets.

Wnmavrick
Wnmavrick

Hey, Richboy...Nobody is mad at you specifically for being successfull. Good for you. I begrudge you nothing. You cannot deny, however, that the inequities of this system have been exposed and that there are an awful lot of things going on that are illegal and if not, immoral that are meant solely to keep generationally wealthy people excessively wealthy while the rest of the population beneath them grows without a commensurate growth in resources to support them.True, the Occupy movement lacks leadership and clear direction and that is their folly. I believe it was Napolean who said, "thank god for religion. It keeps the poor from killing the rich in their beds." When the "good" of the 400 richest individuals begins to supercede the good of the other 250 million, change can be expected.This country is not now, and it can be argued, has never been a true democracy, just like the USSR was never a true communist state. This nation is now and has always been (at least since the industrial revolutaion) an Oligarchy, a fact that is only now becoming apparent to the general populace...not that very many of them know that term...

Lan
Lan

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Richboy of Denver
Richboy of Denver

The 1 percent....get real ! They pay half of all the taxes , employ millions , and all have jobs ,thereby contributing to the well-being of our nation ,. So a few of them you may not like? Get over it , silly .Same is true of the rest of the folk out there . And don't let those ''99% Occupy Everything'' idiots fool you . They do NOT represent 99% of anything or anyone. It is the 53% who are relevant....working , paying ALL THE TAXES , and thereby helping support the other 47% ...some of whom are working hard for minimum wage,some less fortunate and needing help , some are bums , some are welfare cheats , etc , etc . So less idiotic generalizations please. Being rich IS the American dream , Capitalism has worked for 90 of the last 100 years [ that is why this nation is so rich/powerful/successful ] , and Socialism has failed every nation that has tried it...Russia , England , Greece , Spain , Italy , France, on and on...OK , perhaps the Scandinavians enjoy it , but there's not enough of them for it to matter ... anyone wanna buy a Saab. And AbbA are in the 1% , remember....So get over your Obama rhetoric drivel , work hard , pay your debts [ no, not you , Barack , that is too much to hope for ..] , and enjoy the fact that some of us drive Caddies. The people who work to build them like us , why don't you ???Richboy of Denver

Wnmavrick
Wnmavrick

"wah. stop being so mean to me, poor people"

 
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