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Fairfax mayor arrested in meth-for-sex scandal

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These booking photos provided by the Fairfax County, Va., Police Department show, from left, City of Fairfax, Va. Mayor Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, Juan Jose Fernandez, 34, and Caustin Lee McLaughlin, 21, both of Maryland. Silverthorne is facing drug charges after police say he was arrested in a meth-for-sex sting. Police say detectives located Silverthorne's two suppliers and they were also arrested and charged.  (Fairfax County, Va., Police Department via AP)
These booking photos provided by the Fairfax County, Va., Police Department show, from left, City of Fairfax, Va. Mayor Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, Juan Jose Fernandez, 34, and Caustin Lee McLaughlin, 21, both of Maryland. Silverthorne is facing drug charges after police say he was arrested in a meth-for-sex sting. Police say detectives located Silverthorne's two suppliers and they were also arrested and charged. (Fairfax County, Va., Police Department via AP)

FAIRFAX, Va. — A northern Virginia mayor is facing drug charges after police say he was arrested in a meth-for-sex sting.

Fairfax County Police said in a statement Friday that investigators looking into a possible methamphetamine distributor made contact with a suspect who turned out to be Fairfax Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne through a website used to arrange sexual encounters between men.

Police say Silverthorne indicated he could provide methamphetamine for sexual encounters and undercover detectives agreed to meet.

Police say 50-year-old Silverthorne met the detectives at a hotel Thursday and was arrested after he gave them methamphetamine. Silverthorne, who is also a substitute teacher, is charged with felony distribution of methamphetamine and misdemeanour possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say detectives located Silverthorne’s two suppliers and they were also arrested and charged.

Fairfax is located west of Washington.

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