Ex-sheriff Pat Sullivan pleads guilty to violating probation, could get 12-18 months in jail

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Ex-Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan. (File photo)

Ex-Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan. (File photo)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan pleaded guilty Thursday to violating his probation by leaving the state without permission and could be sentenced to jail for 12 to 18 months.

Sullivan was allowed to leave court. He will be sentenced June 6.

Sullivan, who served a short jail sentence two years ago in a meth-for-sex case, tested positive for using drugs and alcohol while on probation.

From the start of Sullivan’s probation, court records show he has kept up a pattern of repeated offenses against his sentence. He has failed to provide a number of urine tests. The latest violation happened last month.

Court documents reveal he tested positive for meth twice in September and once in March. Sullivan also tested positive for alcohol four times from April 2012 to August 2013. All this after the former sheriff was convicted for trading meth for sex with young men.