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Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne Arrested For “Meth-For-Sex”

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The mayor of Fairfax, Virginia, Scott Silverthorne, has been arrestedScott Silverthorne Arrested on charges that he distributed methamphetamines in what officials are calling a “meth-for-sex scheme.”

Mayor Scott Silverthorne Arrested

Website drug ring

Fairfax’s commander of organized crime and narcotics, Capt. Jack Hardin told reporters that they’d been investigating for three weeks. Though it’s unclear how long the operation had been going on, Mayor Richard “Scott” Silverthorne was arrest late last week (August 5) and charged with drug trafficking.

According to USA Today, the investigation began after police were tipped off that the mayor was allegedly using a website to distribute meth and coordinate sex between men.

Following the tip, police used an undercover detective to create a profile on the website. Following that, Mayor Silverthorne allegedly agreed to meet in a Virginia hotel to exchange meth for an arranged “group sexual encounter.”

On the day of the pre-arranged “meet-up,” Silverthorne, along with two other men involved in the scheme were arrested at the hotel. USA Today reports that according to police, Silverthorne had conducted similar meth-for-sex meetings at least two other times. The mayor was arrested without incident, but one of the men arrested with him, 21-year-old Caustin Lee McLaughlin, was restrained by a Taser after resisting arrest.

Familiar plot lines

Though it’s an unfortunate story, Scott Silverthorne is not the first D.C.-area mayor to have a public fall from grace over drugs. Back in 1990, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for possession of cocaine, after a quick investigation revealed he had smoked crack cocaine in a Washington D.C. hotel room.

Finding help for a drug problem

Unfortunately for Mayor Scott Silverthorne, this incident is the most serious in a series of bad events in his personal life. In January, he told The Washington Post, “It’s been a terrible year for me.” He recently learned he had cancer, and had dealt with an onslaught of financial problems, culminating with a bankruptcy filing in June 2015.

Often people turn to drugs and alcohol during the worst of times, but as evidenced by Mr. Silverthorne’s very public debacle, they are never allies. Instead, they distort your judgment, destroy your relationships, and often lead to debilitating addiction.

But even at rock bottom, there is hope. Fighting addiction isn’t a battle you can win alone, but with the right people in your corner, you can gain the tools you need to get through it, and take back your life, one sober day at a time. The Watershed can help you get the care you need – whether it’s for you or for a loved one. We’re here 7 days a week. Call now: 1-800-861-1768.




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