Scott Silverthorne, a former Virginia mayor, pled guilty to distributing methamphetamine after he was caught in a ‘drugs-for-sex’ sting operation during the summer of 2016.
Silverthorne, a 51-year-old former mayor of Fairfax, Virginia, entered a plea deal on Monday, March 13, in Fairfax County Circuit Court. Silverthorne had been free on bond since his August arrest, however, a judge ordered him held in jail until his June 9 sentencing.
While Silverthorne faces up to 40 years in jail and a fine of up to $500,000, his attorney Brian Drummond says the disgraced public official will likely get a light sentence or probation due to his lack of a previous criminal record.
Via Washington Post:
Using the online moniker, Silverthorne, 51, arranged an orgy with an undercover police officer in exchange for methamphetamine on a sex site called Bare Back Real Time, the prosecutor said. Police had received a tip about Silverthorne’s activity and set up a fake account to lure him last summer.
The sting ended Silverthorne’s political career, drew national attention and, on Monday, landed him in jail, after he pleaded guilty in Fairfax County Circuit Court to one count of distributing drugs.
In a surprise move that shocked a group of supporters who had gathered in the courtroom, Circuit Judge Grace Burke Carroll remanded Silverthorne to custody until his sentencing on the charge June 9. Silverthorne had remained free on his own personal recognizance since his August arrest.
Despite losing his job with the National Association of Manufacturers, filing for bankruptcy, losing his home to foreclosure, and being diagnosed with cancer, Silverthorne was re-elected as mayor in May 2016, a couple of months before his arrest.
Silverthorne’s late father Frederick was also mayor of Fairfax in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Who Is Scott Silverthorne?
Scott Silverthorne, 51, is the former mayor of Fairfax, Virginia.
Scott Silverthorne, the former mayor of Fairfax, Virginia, pled guilty to distributing methamphetamine after he was caught in a ‘drugs-for-sex’ sting operation during the summer of 2016.