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City mayor and school teacher offers to give away free meth in exchange for sex with men

By Mason White 4:08 AM August 8, 2016
Richard “Scott” Silverthorne 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) The mayor of a city was arrested on a charge of drug possession after he allegedly offered to give away from meth in exchange for sex with men, according to police in Virginia.

The Organized Crime and Narcotics (OCN) Division received information about a possible distributor of methamphetamine, and immediately began an investigation.

Based on information obtained during the investigation, the suspect was allegedly distributing methamphetamine through a website used to arrange for casual sexual encounters between men.

An undercover detective created a profile on this website, and within a few days, the suspect made contact with him. After the initial exchange, the suspect communicated via text messaging.

During the course of the communication, the suspect advised that he could provide methamphetamine for sexual encounters.

Undercover detectives agreed to meet the suspect for a group sexual encounter in exchange for methamphetamine. The suspect arranged to bring methamphetamine along with other men.

On Thursday, the Street Crimes Unit met the suspect at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located at 1960 Chain Bridge Road in Tysons Corner.

The suspect was identified as Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, 50, who is the mayor of the city of Fairfax.

Silverthorne provided methamphetamine to the undercover detectives, and was subsequently arrested and charged with felony distribution of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Silverthorne is also employed as a substitute teacher for the Fairfax County Public Schools.