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— A three-term northern Virginia mayor was arrested on drug charges after he tried to trade two grams of methamphetamine for sex acts in what turned out to be an undercover sting operation, police said Friday. Scott Silverthorne was arrested Thursday night after meeting at a Tysons Corner hotel just outside the Capital Beltway with undercover detectives he approached through a website used to arrange casual sexual encounters between men, Fairfax County police said at a press conference. Jack Hardin said they received a tip that Silverthorne had been arranging drugs-for-sex encounters.Police then set up an online profile on the website, and within two days Silverthorne made contact online with the detective who set up the profile, Hardin said.
Silverthorne, who also worked as a substitute teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools, was arrested and gave a full confession, police said.But he said drugs-for-sex encounters were common on the website, and that Silverthorne has set up a similar encounter at least once before.In the sting operation, the undercover detectives agreed to meet for a group sexual encounter in exchange for methamphetamine, police said.Silverthorne, 50, would provide methamphetamine and the undercover detectives would provide the hotel room, Hardin said.The city charter gives the mayor the power to appoint an acting mayor in his place in the event of a mayor's absence or disability.Greenfield issued a statement saying he would serve as mayor "until further notice. Silverthorne's longstanding dedication to the community. He has served the City of Fairfax as a Councilmember and Mayor for more than a quarter of a century.
The community has benefitted from his dedication and his vision," Greenfield said.
Hardin didn't know how long Silverthorne had been using the website, which he did not identify.
He was released on his own recognizance while he awaits a preliminary hearing Oct.
31 on a felony charge of drug distribution and a misdemeanor charge of possessing drug paraphernalia.
Silverthorne, in an email to The Associated Press, declined comment and referred questions to his attorney, Brian Drummond, who did not immediately return a phone call Friday morning.
The city announced Friday that Silverthorne appointed Councilman Jeffrey Greenfield as acting mayor, effective immediately.