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Richard "Scott" Silverthorne, the mayor of Fairfax county, Va. was arrested for allegedly trading meth for sex. Image: Fairfax County Police Department

A DC-area mayor was just arrested for trading meth for sex


Fairfax, Va. Mayor Richard "Scott" Silverthorne was arrested Thursday on charges of trading methamphetamine in exchange for sex.

Police said Silverthorne, 50, who is also a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools, provided drugs to undercover detectives posing as sexual hookups who met him at a local hotel.

Officers said they had received a tip in July about a possible meth dealer in the area. They later discovered Silverthorne was distributing meth through a website that connected men looking for casual sex.

Fairfax is a well-to-do suburb of Washington, D.C.

Police created a profile and contacted Silverthorne through this hookup website.

"After that initial exchange, the suspect communicated via text messaging," police said in a press release.

Undercover detectives "agreed to meet the suspect for a group sexual encounter" in exchange for meth.

The detectives met Silverthorne at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tysons Corner, about 20 miles west of Washington. Officers arrested Silverthorne after he gave them the drugs.

Police also arrested the mayor's alleged suppliers, Juan Jose Fernandez, 34, and Caustin Lee McLaughlin, 21. 

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