Virginia mayor among 3 arrested and charged in meth-for-sex case

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FAIRFAX, Va. — The mayor of the City of Fairfax in Virginia was arrested Thursday after he allegedly gave methamphetamine to an undercover detective in exchange for sex.

Richard Scott Silverthorne, 50, was charged with distribution of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An undercover detective created a profile on a dating website for sexual encounters between men. Within days, Silverthorn made contact with the detective’s fake account and agreed to provide him with meth in exchange for sex.

On August 4, authorities arrested Silverthorne at a hotel in Fairfax.

In addition, his arrest led to the capture of two more suspects in connection with the scheme.

Juan Jose Fernandez, 34, was charged with distribution of methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Caustin Lee McLaughlin, 21, was charged with distribution of methamphetamine, obstruction of justice and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The men were sent to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Silverthorne has been the city’s mayor since 2012 and worked as a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools.