WOODBURY — A former school board member in this Gloucester County city was sentenced Friday to six years in prison after admitting he drugged two kids with a powerful prescription sleeping pill during a sleepover at his house.

Curtis M. Campbell resigned from the school board after his arrest in 2014. In February, he pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.

Prosecutors said Campbell gave the minors Ambien, which is not approved for use in children. Prosecutors did not say why Campbell provided the drug to the children and they did not explain the children's relationship to Campbell.

The powerful drug can wipe out a user's memories of things that happened to them while they were under the drug's effects. It is sometimes used by sexual predators as a date-rape drug.

In 2014, former NFL player Darren Sharper was charged with raping women in four states after drugging them with Ambien. He was sentenced this summer to 18 years in prison.

Campbell was not charged with abusing the children.

Campbell has been behind bars since Sept. 14 after he failed to obey a court order to vacate his residence, prosecutors said. His sentencing had been postponed several times for medical reasons.

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