We have been discussing lawyers and professors nailed as drug dealers. Now close to my home, the former mayor of Fairfax City will enter a plea in a meth-for-sex prosecution. R. Scott Silverthorne, 51, is reportedly ready to plead guilty after allegedly offering an undercover officer methamphetamine in exchange for an orgy at a Tysons Corner hotel. Silverthorne told The Washington Post that 2015 was a “terrible year” due to political challenges. 2017 has the makings of a much much worse year.
He is the son of a former Fairfax City mayor, Frederick Silverthorne, and served nine full terms on the City Council from 1990-2008. He ran for office on the priority of promoting “a healthy lifestyle.” Silverthorne was later laid off from his job as a director of recruitment with the National Association of Manufacturers and was heavily in debt. The filed for bankruptcy and lost his home to the bank.
The Fairfax police stated that “In late July, the Organized Crime and Narcotics (OCN) Division received information about a possible distributor of methamphetamine and immediately began an investigative inquiry. . . “a suspect was identified who was allegedly distributing methamphetamine through a website used to arrange for casual sexual encounters between men.”
In 2015, Silverthorne publicly stated that he had cancer at a meeting of the Fairfax City Council.
The undercover detective reportedly arranged to meet Silverthorne at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Virginia’s Tysons Corner. Once there, the police say that “Silverthorne provided methamphetamine to the undercover detectives.” Once arrested, he reportedly confessed.
The case appears rock bottom for a once successful politician and professional. The plea is clearly a logical move in light of the evidence.
What do you think the appropriate sentence should be?