Ex-Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne, 51, pled guilty in a Virginia court to dealing methamphetamine after he was caught last year in a drugs-for-sex bust by police.
The former democratic mayor, with left leaning policies, turned out to be running a scam for years. The democrat is facing 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. His lawyers are hoping to get him off easy since he has no past criminal record.
Silverthorne was arrested in August after a set up sting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tysons Corner. The sting operation was set up after police were tipped off that Silverthorne was using a website called “Bare Back Real Time” to set up his drug-for-sex encounters.
The Daily Mail has more:
Police said they set up the sting after receiving a tip that Silverthorne was using a dating website called Bare Back Real Time to set up sexual encounters with men in exchange for drugs.
They lured Silverthorne, who went by the user name ‘Another Fun D.C. Bottom,’ to the Tysons Corner location by posting a profile on the website that they said they expected would appeal to him, reported Inside NoVa.
Within two days, police said, Silverthorne, who was third-term mayor, contacted the undercover officers through the website to set up a meeting.
According to investigators, the mayor gave an undercover detective 2 grams of methamphetamine outside the hotel.
Following his arrest, Silverthorne was also fired from his job as a substitute teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools.
Silverthorne had been re-elected mayor in May 2016 after a rough year in which he lost his job with the National Association of Manufacturers, filed for bankruptcy, lost his home to foreclosure and was diagnosed with cancer, The Washington Post reported.
In November, Silverthorne announced that he’d been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, and the Post said he underwent treatment that ended two months before the election.
His father, the late Frederick Silverthorne, was mayor of Fairfax in the late 1970s and early 1980s.