After an Aug. 4 drug bust allegedly invoving methamphetamines and sex workers, mayor of the City of Fairfax, Va. Richard Silverthorne said he will resign, effective Thursday.
Silverthorne faces charges of felony distribution of methamphetamine and misdemeanor charges for possession of drug paraphernalia. The former charge could put the three term mayor in prison for years, but it will rest on the classification of Silverthorne’s actions, reports NBC Washington.
“My faith in God and myself will get me through the biggest challenge of my life,” Silverthorne said in a statement to NBC4. “I ask that people keep me in their prayers.”
Revelations about Silverthorne’s possible crimes are mirrored by a similar event when he served on city council, was caught abusing substances, and resigned after 18 years reportedly to enter drug rehab.
Silverthorne’s future will hinge on whether or not the mayor participated in a drug deal. If he brought the meth with intent to trade it for sex, then the crime will be classified as a drug deal and Silverthorne will face considerable time in prison. If Silverthorne simply arranged for a sexual encounter and brought the meth without the expectation of receiving anything in return, the action is classified as an “accommodation” by the party supplying the drugs, reports The Washington Post.
Silverthorne’s alleged suppliers Juan Jose Fernandez, 34, and Caustin Lee McLaughlin, 21, were also arrested during the sting operation.
The City of Fairfax appointed Council Member Jeff Greenfield to serve as acting mayor until further notice.
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