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Sheriff Of The Year Arrested For Dealing Drugs In Exchange For Sex

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11/30/2011 08:09 PM ET

Sheriff Of The Year Arrested - A former national sheriff of the year has been arrested in Colorado on suspicion of attempting to deal drugs in exchange for sex, KUSA TV reports.

Patrick Sullivan, 68, who was the National Sheriff’s Association’s “Sheriff of the Year” in 2001, was being held on $250,000 bail in the Arapahoe County jail that bears his name, the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility.

Sullivan was sheriff of the Denver-area county from 1984 until 2002, when he retired.

The Denver Post, quoting current Sheriff Grayson Robinson, says Sullivan was arrested by a drug task-force team that was “visually monitoring” the alleged delivery by Sullivan of methamphetamine to a person in Aurora, Colo., while seeking sex in return.

Sullivan faces a charge of unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing or sale of a controlled substance, the sheriff’s office said, according to the Post. The charge carries a maximum punishment of six years in prison.

Robinson calls the incident “a sad day,” adding, “This shows that no one is above the law, particularly a current or a former peace officer.” The former sheriff was being held in an isolation cell Tuesday night and could appear in court as early as Wednesday morning, Robinson said.

Sullivan’s adult daughter told TV reporters outside her parents’ home that the family was in disbelief and asked for privacy.

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