Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, the mayor of Fairfax, Va., has been arrested and charged in connection with what authorities say was a methamphetamine-for-sex scheme, reports the Washington Post. The scheme involved offers of meth in exchange for group sexual encounters with men, police allege. Before his arrest Thursday, police claim Silverthorne provided meth to undercover detectives at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tysons Corner, Va.
Police began their investigation in late July after getting a tip about a possible meth distributor. An undercover detective made a profile on the website and Silverthorne replied, according to police. A Fairfax native, Silverthorne is serving his third term as mayor of Fairfax City (pop. 23,500). He has previously served nine terms on the city council. His father, the late Frederick W. Silverthorne, served as mayor of Fairfax City in the late 1970s and early 1980s.