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FAIRFAX, Va. — Several days after Fairfax, Virginia, mayor Richard “Scott” Silverthorne was arrested in connection with giving meth to an undercover detective in exchange for sex, he will resign.

NBC Washington reports that he will vacate his position at noon on Thursday and appointed a fellow councilman to act as interim mayor.

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.

Silverthorne is charged with distribution of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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.