The mayor of Fairfax, Va., a wealthy Washington suburb, was arrested on charges of distributing methamphetamines as part of an alleged "meth-for-sex" scheme, Fairfax County Police said Friday.
Mayor Richard "Scott" Silverthorne, 50, who is also a substitute teacher for Fairfax County public schools, was arrested Thursday after he allegedly provided meth to undercover officers who met him at a local hotel, police said.
Two others, identified as the mayor's alleged suppliers, Juan Jose Fernandez, 34, and Caustin Lee McLaughlin, 21, both of Maryland, were also arrested outside the hotel and charged with meth distribution, police said.
The mayor did not resist arrest and cooperated with officers, police said, but McLaughlin was subdued with a Taser after he "physically resisted" his arrest, police said.
Silverthorne, who is serving his third term as mayor, was charged with felony distribution of meth and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Silverthorne's bio on the official Fairfax city website states he is "a champion for quality of life issues."
In January, Silverthorne told The Washington Post that “it’s been a terrible year for me,” referring to financial and medical issues, the newspaper reports.