Georgia lawyer arrested for drugging his assistant with GHB

Anthony Van Johnson (Image Source: Facebook/Anthony O. Johnson and Gwinnett County Police)

It would seem that after the whole Bill Cosby thing, men would realize you should not drug women. But for one Snellville, Georgia, lawyer, the lesson apparently never stuck. Back in September 2017, Anthony Van Johnson invited a woman who worked as an interpreter in his office to after work drinks. According to FOX5 Atlanta, the pair did this on a regular basis and patronized Bahama Breeze in Duluth.

According to a police report, the women excused herself from the table for a moment and when she returned to the table she noticed a powdery substance at the bottom of her drink. She assumed it was the extra salt she ordered for her drink and consumed the beverage. Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Wilbert M. Rundles told media, “After that, she didn’t remember anything for numerous hours. She woke up at her house. She had passed out.”

Rundles further stated, “He did administer her GHB, that was the drug he used, and people know it commonly as the date rape drug.”

GHB is short for Gamma-hydroxybutyrate, a clear chemical central nervous system depressant. It is also known as “Georgia Home Boy,” and people who have taken the substance cannot recall hours of time in a blacked out state. Van Johnson was arrested on June 4, 2018, and charged with the felony “Administering a Schedule I Drug in violation of O.C.G.A. 16-13-30(b).” His bond was set at $11,200 and he was bailed out the next day, only having to pay a $20 surety bond.

Rundles says that there could be other victims: “We have no idea how many people there could be. There may be zero. There may be multiple.”

Gwinnett law enforcement is encouraging anyone with information or who believes they may have been victimized by Van Johnson to call detectives at 770-513-5300 or call the case detective, Detective Werner, at 770-513-5355.

Mo Barnes
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Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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