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Mayor Faces 40 Years for Pleading Guilty to Distributing Meth for Group Sex

FAIRFAX, Va. (CN) –  The former mayor of Fairfax, Virginia, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony drug distribution charge stemming from his arrest in August for selling methamphetamine to undercover officers in exchange for group sex.

Richard Silverthorne, 51, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing crystal meth in Fairfax County Circuit Court. The former mayor of Fairfax is to remain in custody until his June 9 sentencing hearing where he faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

The scandal began after Silverthorne was caught up in a police sting at a Tyson’s Corner hotel.

Police said they received a tip last summer that Silverthorne was using an online dating site to arrange trysts with men in exchange for drugs. According to local police,  Silverthorne gave an undercover officer two grams of meth after meeting at the hotel.

Free on bond since the beginning of his case, Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Grace Carroll revoked the privilege Monday, much to the dismay of Silverthorne’s family and friends who were present during sentencing.

Silverthorne resigned from his city position after his arrest. He was also fired from the Fairfax County Public School system, where he worked as a substitute teacher.

The largely white, affluent suburb right outside Washington, D.C. is the second wealthiest county in the nation.

The county has roughly 1.2 million residents, and is also home to some of the nation’s most powerful federal agencies including the CIA.

Median income in Fairfax County hovers right around $115,000 and corporations like Capital One, Northrop Grumman and Volkswagen are among its most prominent employers.

  • Robert D Williams

    Presumably, all his ‘group sex’ people were ‘of age’, since there’s no mention of pedophilia in this short article. I’d question that possibility, though. The location places this whole thing right in the heart of some of the most egregious sex-slave territory in all of Pizza-land. Dig a little deeper, hmmmm

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    • Kleigh Smart

      I bet there is more to this story! I know damn well he wasn’t working alone.. A Mayor by himself..hmm

  • fortuenti

    No victim, NO crime. Isn’t it time to END PROHIBITION?

  • Guy

    The difference is being drugs over money used in the procurement of groupe sex ! There is a difference ? Sort of the Government calling the Kettle black, because had he flipped out a few bills, no biggie, but two grams of meth, Oh Nellie call out SWAT we have caught a live one !

  • Phil Freeman

    What is it with Tina and turd burgulary? I don’t get it. CreepO!