The City of Fairfax mayor, Scott Silverthorne, has been arrested and accused of distributing meth in exchange for sex. The charges come following an undercover sting that targeted a website known for casual sex between consenting men.

Silverthorne, 50, was taken into custody Aug. 4 at a Crowne Plaza Hotel. Silverthorne is also substitute teacher who works with the Cub Scouts. Fairfax is known as an affluent Washington D.C. suburb. Silverthorne is in his third term as mayor.


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Here’s what you need to know via heavy:

1. Silverthorne Offered Meth in Exchange For Group Sex With Men, Reports Say

USA Today said police started the investigation in July after learning of a possible Fairfax meth dealer and “found that Silverthorne was allegedly trying to distribute meth through a website used to arrange for casual sex between men.”

The Fairfax County police press release says, “In late July, the Organized Crime and Narcotics (OCN) Division received information about a possible distributor of methamphetamine and immediately began an investigative inquiry.”

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

Silverthorne was charged with felony distribution of meth and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, says USA Today.

2. Silverthorne Is Battling Cancer

In 2015, Silverthorne announced he had cancer at a meeting of the Fairfax City Council, said The Fairfax Times.

Silverthorne told the Times that he was diagnosed with “squamous cell carcinoma of the neck,” and made the announcement on his 50th birthday, the newspaper said.

“While celebrating a birthday is always fun, especially a big one, every party has a party pooper. Tonight, that person is me,” he said, according to The Times. “Now for the good news, I have a terrific doctor who has advised me that this has not spread throughout my body and it should be highly treatable and curable.”

3. Two Men From Maryland Were Identified As His Suppliers, Authorities Contend

The Washington Post says that police identified Silverthorne’s drug suppliers after the Aug 4. arrest.

The Post identified those men as Juan Jose Fernandez, 34, and Caustin Lee McLaughlin, 21, and says they will “face several charges, including meth distribution.”

Both men are from Maryland, the police news release said, and “During McLaughlin’s arrest, he physically resisted which resulted in a detective deploying his Electronic Control Weapon (ECW).”

4. An Undercover Sting Operation at a Local Hotel Nabbed Silverthorne, Reports Say

According to USA Today, an undercover detective created a profile on a website, and Silverthorne arranged to meet him at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Virginia’s Tysons Corner area allegedly to exchange the meth for “a group sexual encounter.”

The police press release says a man they later identified as Silverthorne “communicated via text messaging. During the course of 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 to the engagement.”

At the hotel “Silverthorne provided methamphetamine to the undercover detectives,” the police release said.

5. Silverthorne Touted ‘Quality of Life’ Issues as Fairfax Mayor & Is a Substitute Teacher

The City of Fairfax biography for Silverthorne says “The Mayor is a champion for quality of life issues as well. Under his tenure, parks, recreation and cultural activities in the city have flourished.” The city says Silverthorne is a native of Fairfax, who received a degree in business administration in 1988 from Radford University.

Before becoming mayor, Silverthorne previously served nine full terms on the City Council, from 1990-2008, and a partial term from 2011-12, says the city.

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USA Today says Silverthorne, “is also a Fairfax county schools substitute teacher.”

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