Virginia Democratic Mayor arrested for exchanging drugs for group sex

Virginia – Democratic Mayor R. Scott Silverthorn, 50, a third term mayor, was arrested Thursday after he met with undercover detectives at a Crown Plaza Hotel in Fairfax after he reached out to the detectives through a website for casual sex between men, according to police documents.

  • Silverthorne was arrested on drug charges after he sold methamphetamine to undercover detectives in exchange for group sex
  • Councilman Jeffrey C. Greenfield was appointed by the city as acting mayor, effective immediately
  • Silverthorne is a member of “Mayors for Hillary”
  • Silverthorne, who also worked as a substitute teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools provided police with a full confession and was released on his own recognizance while he awaits a preliminary hearing on October 31 on a felony charge of drug distribution and a misdemeanor charge of possessing drug paraphernalia

We had information on what the mayor was looking for, what types of activities he wanted to engage in. – Police Captain Jack Hardin

  • Detectives also located and arrested the suppliers, who oddly were still in the area. Juan Jose Fernandez, 34 & Caustin Lee McLaughlin, 21, were charged with felonies
  • McLaughlin resisted arrest and was taken down by a stun gun
  • Silverthorne was re-elected in May for a third term of the city of 24,000 people, about 20 miles west of the nation’s capital