x
Breaking News
More () »

Disgraced former Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan has died

The long-esteemed sheriff in Colorado who had a very public falling from grace after a meth-for-sex sting operation is dead.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — Patrick Sullivan, who was once locked up in a detention center named after him, has died, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said it received a death notification after someone within Pat Sullivan’s circle requested a change in his retirement benefits.

Details of Sullivan’s death are unknown, but the department indicated he died in early May when it received the request to change who would receive his benefits. 

In 2011, Sullivan was busted in an undercover meth-for-sex sting operation conducted by the very law enforcement agency he worked for. 

For years, he was seen as a local hero and one of the top sheriffs in the county.

Credit: 9NEWS

He eventually pleaded guilty to drug possession and soliciting a prostitute, and was forced to go to prison for failing to follow the conditions of his probation, which included drug testing.

Sullivan was 78 years old at the time of his death. 

RELATED: Patrick Sullivan tests positive for meth

> Top stories from 9NEWS curated daily just for you! Sign up for the 9NEWSLETTER right now to get can’t-miss stories, Next and Broncos content, weather and more delivered right to your inbox.

RELATED: 7 ring leaders arrested in a $5.2 million Colorado shoplifting ring

SUGGESTED VIDEOS: Investigations from 9Wants to Know

MORE WAYS TO GET 9NEWS

Subscribe to our daily 9NEWSLETTER for top stories from 9NEWS curated daily just for you. Get content and information right now for can’t-miss stories, Next and Broncos content, weather and more delivered right to your inbox.   

DOWNLOAD THE 9NEWS APP

iTunes: http://on9news.tv/itunes
Google Play: http://on9news.tv/1lWnC5n  

HOW TO ADD THE 9NEWS APP TO YOUR STREAMING DEVICE

ROKU: add the channel from the ROKU store or by searching for KUSA. 

For both Apple TV and Fire TV, search for "9news" to find the free app to add to your account. Another option for Fire TV is to have the app delivered directly to your Fire TV through Amazon.