Twice Told Tale

Bolton's chief accuser has stuck to his story for more than a year

The fact remains that it would have been difficult for Benavides to dismiss Sullivan's version so easily at his recent news conference if the Morning News had already published even a portion of Sullivan's side of the story. Sullivan says he went to the FBI with his story soon after the Lipscomb trial, in part because he feared he might need the FBI's protection from Bolton and other higher-ups. He had initially gone straight to his superiors in the police department.

"The next morning I was told to get downtown immediately because Internal Affairs wants to meet with me," Sullivan says. "So I go down and sit there for a few hours, and they come out and tell me to go home. They're not going to see me." When Sullivan returned home, his wife told him that police headquarters had been calling with urgent orders that he return downtown. This time and again a third time, he waited in an anteroom for hours only to be told to go home again. Sullivan says he ultimately grew alarmed by the behavior of his superiors--afraid that they were going to set him up--and talked to a friend outside the department, who advised him to talk to the FBI. He is persuaded now that the FBI is no longer investigating the events. He believes, however, that the FBI is investigating a more recent matter in which an undercover FBI probe of laptop computer thefts by police officers may have been compromised by top police officials.

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