former Sheriff of the year busted for meth for gay sex

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former Sheriff of the year busted for meth for gay sex

Post  topgroove on Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:41 pm

I guess Its not who you blow, its who you know!
Th Former Sheriff of the year, the beloved republican sheriff Patrick Sullivan, Gets a mere 30 days in jail??? So much for our judical system... WTF !!!!! I guess his buddy republican judge took it easy on the creep. So much for the party of family values!

Indeed, Sullivan's sentence of 30 days in jail, two years of probation and a $1,100 fine was regrettably light given the full context of his behavior.

We say that because Sullivan is not just another lowlife plying young men with methamphetamine, a particularly destructive drug, in return for sexual favors. He is a retired law-enforcement officer of some renown. He is a man who exploited both the knowledge he gained during decades as a cop and the badge itself for his personal gratification — with apparently no regard for the health and welfare of his partners, whose drug habits and criminality he effectively encouraged.

The Denver Post's Carlos Illescas reported that Colorado Deputy Attorney General Michael Dougherty, the special prosecutor, "said Sullivan repeatedly used his position as a former sheriff to gain the confidence of gay meth users, bought items for them such as clothing and tires, bailed one out of jail, then used them as he saw fit.

" 'He became a manipulator, someone who used his position,' Dougherty said."

Actually, his treachery went even further than what those damning passages suggest.

For example, a man who wanted to eject drug users from a home he owned told this newspaper several months ago that Sullivan ordered him "to let them stay for free. He said ... it would hold up in court, and said, 'Do you know who I am?' He was telling me he has a jail named after him."

In other words, Sullivan was throwing his weight around long after he'd left the department.

Meanwhile, the ex-sheriff reportedly claimed he was working in a state drug treatment program in order to gain credibility with authorities when visiting detention centers.

Finally, Dougherty maintains Sullivan told authorities he could not remember whether he'd ever had sex with a minor during one of his drugs-for-sex escapades because he himself had been so doped up.

For all of these reasons, Sullivan hardly represents the average middle-aged or elderly man (he turned 69 since his arrest) who is guilty of felony possession of drugs and soliciting for prostitution. Those offenses may well normally result in — and deserve — probation, but Sullivan's crimes were a sinister abuse of his lingering image of authority and a betrayal of all that he had allegedly stood for over many years.

And he gets 30 days in jail? The felony meth charge alone, according to Illescas, carried "a presumptive sentence of a year in jail and, with aggravating factors, could have meant as much as three years behind bars."




Read more: Editorial: Sullivan does the crime but not the time - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_20325751/editorial-meth-sex-sheriff-does-crime-but-not#ixzz1rBFEmxph
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