Ex-mayor faces court hearing in meth-for-sex sting

AP News
Posted: Feb 08, 2017 3:48 PM

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia mayor is no longer fighting a criminal charge that he tried to trade drugs for sex.

Ex-Fairfax Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne waived his right to a preliminary hearing on a drug distribution charge Wednesday in Fairfax County General District Court.

His lawyer said Silverthorne plans to enter a guilty plea or a no contest plea next month in Circuit Court.

Silverthorne was arrested in August by Fairfax County police after a sting at a Tysons Corner hotel. 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.

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Police say Silverthorne gave an undercover detective two grams of methamphetamine outside the hotel before his arrest.