Ex-mayor pleads guilty to trading meth for sex with men

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This booking photo provided by the Fairfax County, Va., Police Department shows Fairfax, Va. Mayor Richard “Scott” Silverthorne. (Fairfax County, Va., Police Department via AP)

Silverthorne had been free on bond, but the judge ordered him held in jail until his June sentencing. Attorney Brian Drummond says Silverthorne faces up to 40 years in prison, but will likely get a light sentence or probation.

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Police say they set up the sting after receiving a tip that Silverthorne was using a dating website to set up sexual encounters with men in exchange for drugs. Silverthorne was arrested in August after a sting at a Tysons Corner hotel.

Police say Silverthorne gave an undercover detective 2 grams of methamphetamine before his arrest.

— A former Virginia mayor has pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine after a drugs-for-sex sting. FAIRFAX, Va.

News outlets report that former Fairfax Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne entered the plea Monday in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

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