Mayor of rich DC suburb charged in ‘sex-for-meth’ scheme – USA TODAY
The mayor of Fairfax, Va., a wealthy Washington suburb, was arrested on charges of distributing methamphetamines as part of aÂ “sex for meth” operation,Â Fairfax County Police saidÂ Friday.
Two others identified as the mayor’s allegedÂ suppliers were alsoÂ arrested and charged withÂ distributing methamphetamines, police said.
Mayor Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, 50, who is also a Fairfax county schools substitute teacher, was arrested Thursday after he allegedly provided meth to undercover officers who had met him atÂ a local hotel, police said.
Silverthrone, who is serving his third term as mayor,Â was charged with felonyÂ distribution of meth and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.Â Silverthorne’s bio on the official Fairfax city website says he is Â “a champion for quality of life issues.”
Officers then located and arrested his alleged suppliers, Juan Jose Fernandez, 34, and Caustin Lee McLauhglin, 21, of Maryland. Both were charged with felony charges of meth distribution.
Police said officers used a Taser onÂ McLaughlin after he allegedly “physically resisted” his arrest.
Police said the arrests stemmed fromÂ an investigation that began in July when they learned of a possible meth dealer inÂ Fairfax, about 20 miles west of Washington, D.C.Â Â The investigation found that Silverthorne was allegedly trying to distribute meth through a website used to arrange for casual sex between men, police said.
An undercover detective then created a profile on the site and within a few days made contact with Silverthorne, police said.Â The two then made arrangements to meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Virginia’sÂ Tysons Corner area allegedly toÂ exchange the meth for âa group sexual encounter,â police said.
SilverthorneÂ official bio also says he “recognizes the importance of connecting communities. As Mayor, he strongly supports building more trails and sidewalks to encourage a more walkable, pedestrian-friendly community promoting a healthy lifestyle and cultivating a more livable city.”
In 2009. Forbes ranked FairfaxÂ No.Â 3 in the “Top 25 Places to Live Well.”