Parents question Sullivan's promise to help with their son's meth addiction

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"He was telling us all the positive things he was doing for these young men. He said he was volunteering his time with them," Dennis Wiley told 9Wants to Know Sunday.

Wiley and his wife, Katherine, met Sullivan during the summer when they say Sullivan stopped by their house to pick up their son who had come by for a visit.

Like many men Sullivan is alleged to have hung out with in recent years, their son is gay and addicted to meth.

"Sullivan said he came to our house to pick up Josh after [Sullivan] had dinner with his wife," Dennis Wiley said.

The Wileys said they invited Sullivan into their home and talked for an hour and a half on their patio.

"We were quite pleased that someone in his position had somehow connected with someone who desperately needs help, who is homeless. We'd been unable to help him," Katherine Wiley said.

The Wileys said Sullivan introduced himself using his full name and talked about his years in law enforcement and his time as director of security for the Cherry Creek School District.

"Looking at Mr. Sullivan's career, I said, 'This is the man who can come in and help our son.' I really did believe the possibility that Pat could have helped," Dennis Wiley said.

Months later, he says his son had not beaten his meth addiction.

After learning of Sullivan's arrest for allegedly trading sex for meth, the Wileys are skeptical that Sullivan ever helped their son. They worry he might have told other parents the same thing.

"Now we look back and say, 'Oh my God. What were we thinking?' Now I believe there was no possibility that was ever going to happen," Katherine Wiley told 9Wants to Know.

"It was really a cruel joke," she said.

Deputies with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office arrested Sullivan Nov. 29 after police with the South Metro Drug Task Force say they secretly listened in as Sullivan offered to trade meth for sex.

Sullivan will make a routine court appearance Monday morning.

Sullivan was still in jail as of Sunday afternoon on $500,000 bail.

Prosecutors charged him Friday with three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge.

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