Timothy Garrett, 53, placed a want ad on Craigslist in early 2015 in order to solicit a date rape drug.
Police officers with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office found the ad and set up a sting operation. During the investigation, according to the Gainesville Times:
Garrett allegedly arranged to buy gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), known as the “date rape drug” and communicated “with another his plan for himself and others to have sexual intercourse with (the victim) while she was ‘completely unconscious and unaware of what’s happening to her.’”
In February 2015, Garrett met with an undercover police officer to purchase date-rape drug gamma hydroxybutyric (GHB).
The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that GHB is a depressant that is commonly used to treat narcolepsy. GHB impacts the central nervous system and can cause a state of euphoria or drowsiness. It’s an odorless drug that has been known to be slipped into alcoholic drinks in order for perpetrators to commit sexual assault.
After Garrett was in possession of “what he thought was” GHB, he was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit rape, criminal solicitation to commit rape and criminal attempt to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute, per the Gainesville Times.
The Gainesville Times reported Thursday that Garrett entered a non-negotiated plea for the drug possession charge. The attempt to commit rape charge was dropped by the prosecutor.
Garrett was given a 10-year sentence. He will serve two years in prison, and according to Fox 5, he will spend the additional eight years on probation.
On social media, many people were surprised that Garrett didn’t receive a harsher sentence:
The assistant district attorney told the Times the prosecution suggested Garrett should serve four years in prison.