By Debbie Emery – Radar Reporter
A Colorado sheriff who was a hero during the Columbine high school massacre was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly trading methamphetamine for sex with a man, RadarOnline.com has learned.
Patrick Sullivan, 68, was caught in a sting operation after he handed the highly-addictive drug to a male informant who offered him sex in the bedroom of a local house that had been wired with audio and video surveillance equipment, reported the New York Daily News.
The former cop was a sheriff in Arapahoe County from 1984 to 2002 and found fame when he was one of the first responders during the deadly school shooting in 1999. He was crowned with the ”Sheriff of the Year” award from the National Sheriff’s Association in 2001 and is regarded as an expert in cyber-terrorism.
On Wednesday, Sullivan’s fall from grace was complete when he appeared in court wearing an orange prison jump suit and waist shackle kitted out for him by the same prison that bears his name: the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility.
The undercover operation that sealed his demise was sparked by two confidential informants who claimed they had sex with him in exchange for drugs, and when police searched Sullivan they found more narcotics on his possession.
The fallen hero has now been booked on suspicion of felony distribution of a controlled substance, for which he could be sentenced up to six years in prison. The judge overseeing the case set bail at $500,000 and scheduled a hearing on Monday, when he will be formally charged.
Sullivan is married with children but no family members were present in court to support the aging sheriff as he leaned weakly on a cane.