A Texas woman was arrested on May 12 after it was discovered she was posing as a high school student.
Charity Ann Johnson, 34, was arrested by Longview, Texas, police at an apartment after a resident who Johson was living with said she believed Jonhson was lying about her age. She requested the help of officers to make her leave, Longview police said in a statement . When questioned by officers, Johson said her name was "Charite Stevens" and her birthdate was Nov. 24, 1997.
Johnson was later arrested on charges of failure to identify and giving false fictitious information.
She enrolled at New Life Christian School in Longview in October 2013, reports KLTV. A school spokesperson said she was registered as a sophomore and was accompanied by a guardian when she enrolled. Johnson provided the birth date of Nov. 24, 1997, indicating that she was 15 -- the same birth date she gave police on the night she was arrested. But on Tuesday, school staff confirmed that she had indeed used false identification to enroll.
Tamica Lincoln of Longview says she was fooled into letting Johnson move into her home. Lincoln says Johnson told her she was 15 and needed somewhere to live. "I sympathized with her, and invited her into my home," Lincoln said. "I took her in as a child, did her hair, got her clothes and shoes.” Lincoln told WLTV that Johnson said she had been abused by her biological father. But both he and her mother had died. Serving as her guardian, Lincoln went as far as visiting with the woman’s 10th grade teachers.
"I just don't know why she did it. Why put yourself and others at risk to do something like this?" she wonders. "I have deep concerns about her being who we don't know she is, and then she's out there at the school."
Once she believed Johnson was using a false identity, Lincoln contacted police and visited the school. Johnson’s teachers and friends were upset to learn the student wasn’t who she said she was. School officials said a notice about the incident would be sent home with students on Thursday.
Johnson is being held in Gregg County Jail on a $500 bond. Jail records initially verified her age as 31 but Longview police said in a statement on Thursday that Johnson is actually 34.