Fairfax, Virginia City of Mayor Arrested for Allegedly Distributing Meth to Undercover Detective

Fairfax, Virginia City of Mayor Arrested for Allegedly Distributing Meth to Undercover Detective

Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, 50, allegedly offered methamphetamine to an undercover detective in exchange for group sex, Fairfax County police said. He has served as mayor since 2012.

Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, the mayor of the City of Fairfax, has been arrested after he allegedly gave methamphetamine to an undercover detective in exchange for a sexual encounter, Fairfax County police say.

Silverthorne, 50, was arrested Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tysons Corner.

A citizen told police in late July that the mayor was possibly providing meth in exchange for sex on a website used to arrange casual sexual encounters between men.

An undercover detective created a profile on the website, and within a few days, Silverthorne made contact, according to police.

The mayor allegedly told the detective he could provide meth in exchange for sexual encounters, according to police. The detective agreed to meet with Silverthorne, and Silverthorne agreed to bring other men to the engagement, police say.

On Thursday, Silverthorne brought the meth to the Chain Bridge Road hotel, police say. He was arrested and charged with felony distribution of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say they don’t know how long Silverthrone was on the website.

“I know he had one other relationship on the website besides us,” Capt. Jack Harden said during a news conference Friday.

Police did not identify the website.

Silverthorne, who was diagnosed with cancer last year, has been the mayor of the City of Fairfax since 2012. He was re-elected in May.

Police say Silverthorne is also a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools.

After his arrest, investigators arrested Juan Jose Fernandez, 34, and Caustin Lee McLaughlin, 21, Silverthorne’s alleged suppliers.

Fernandez was charged with felony distribution of methamphetamine, felony possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

McLaughlin was charged with felony distribution of methamphetamine, felony obstruction of justice, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say McLaughlin physically resisted arrest, and a detective had to deploy his stun gun. There were no injuries.

Silverthorne, Fernandez and McLaughlin were taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center for processing.

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