Pat Sullivan, disgraced sheriff, violates probation with alcohol, "alarming" behavior
One of 2011's biggest stories was the arrest of ex-Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan amid tales of meth for masturbation and gay porn, among other things. In the end, Sullivan received a 38-day wrist slap after pleading guilty to lesser charges. But he's now reportedly violated his probation via behavior outlined in documents on view below.
A so-called "Special Report" by Sullivan's probation officer, Hallie Miller (it's being shared by the Denver Post) notes that Sullivan was placed on 24 months of probation in early April by Judge William Sylvester -- yes, the same jurist overseeing the James Holmes/Aurora theater shooting case. This action followed Sullivan's sentence of 38 days in jail after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine; he also entered a guilty plea in relation to a charge of prostitution solicitation.
Between then and early July, when the report was submitted, Miller maintains that "the probation department has become aware of behaviors of the defendant that are concerning.
"The defendant's behavior around his offense is alarming," the report continues, "in that he was soliciting from an individual that in the past Mr. Sullivan had been his payee. In this transaction, the defendant selected his partner to be someone whom he previously had authority over, indicating issues related to power and control."
No more details are offered about this last paragraph, but the reference implies strongly that Sullivan is involved with someone with whom he had a previous relationship -- one in which money, sex and more may have been intertwined.
The next line is blacked out -- but the sentence after it reveals that "as a sanction, the defendant is currently on SCRAM," an alcohol-monitoring device; the company that makes them is based in Littleton, and its signature products have been worn by the likes of Lindsay Lohan. "However, the defendant's continued violations indicate the defendant chooses not to abide by Court orders," the report continues -- meaning, presumably, that Sullivan had been caught imbibing.
Accompanying the special report is a June 27 letter to Miller from Kevin McGreevy, one of Sullivan's attorneys, "regarding your recent request that Mr. Sullivan participate in a sexual evaluation." McGreevey explains that his attorneys advised him not to submit because "the Court has not ordered him to participate in such an evaluation" and "the law does not require that this evaluation be done," since the meth possession beef and the prostitution-solicitation offense don't require one.
"Further and importantly," McGreevey continues, "Mr. Sullivan was never charged with a sex offense nor did he admit on the record to having committed a sex offense."
McGreevey follows with several statutory citations, after which he writes, "Nothing in any of these sections permits the court's order of a sexual evaluation for someone who made statements about uncharged and unproven allegations of sexual misconduct."
Maybe not, but the documents, including an order from Sylvester telling the various parties to file paperwork in response to the probation officer's report, suggests that the onetime lawman is risking a return to the detention center that formerly bore his name, and where Holmes remains in custody.
Here are the aforementioned reports.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Pat Sullivan: Tales of meth for masturbation, gay porn in bust of ex-Arapahoe sheriff (VIDEO)."
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Westword's biggest stories.