An East Texas woman was arrested after allegedly pretending to be a 15-year-old and enrolling at a Longview high school.
Charity Anne Johnson, 31, was enrolled as a sophomore at New Life Christian School under the alias “Charite Stevens.”
She was arrested Sunday when she gave police a fake name and fake date of birth, according to Officer Debra Stiles.
The school says Johnson was brought in to enroll last October by a person who was identified as her guardian, WISTV reported.
Johnson was staying with Tamica Lincoln, who acted as her guardian and believed the 31-year-old was 15.
"I sympathized with her, and invited her into my home. I took her in as a child, did her hair, got her clothes and shoes,” Lincoln told KLTV.
She told Lincoln she was abused by her biological father and that both her parents had passed away.
"I just don't know why she did it. Why put yourself and others at risk to do something like this?" she said. "I have deep concerns about her being who we don't know she is, and then she's out there at the school."
Lincoln called police as soon as she suspected Charity wasn't who she said she was.
On Tuesday, school staff discovered that her identification was fake.
"Teachers were crying and students were crying, and her best friend just couldn't believe it,” she said.
Lincoln posted a photo to Facebook to ask if anyone knows Charity, and learned that this scam may have a storied past.
"I've reached out to four different women off of Facebook that she has contacted. Florida, here in Longview, Minnesota,” she said.
Johnson was charged with failure to indentify/giving false, fictitious information. She is being held at Gregg County Jail on $500 bond.