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High School Student Is Really 23-Year-Old Ukrainian Man

| by Brendan Kelly
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Teachers and students at a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, high school were shocked to learn that a student with one of the highest GPAs was actually a 23-year-old Ukrainian man who posed as a teen for four years.

Asher Potts seemed like a model student at Harrisburg High School. He scored one of the highest GPAs in his class and was runner-up for homecoming king. But when it was revealed who the supposed 18-year-old really was, his classmates and teachers were stunned.

Potts’ real name is Artur Samarin and he is 23 years old.

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According to authorities, Samarin decided to pose as a high schooler after his visa ran out. He created a false identity and obtained official U.S. documents such as a Social Security card. 

Samarin was enrolled in Harrisburg High School in 2012 as Asher Potts. By May 2014, he had earned a GPA of 4.16 and was enrolled in the ROTC and Naval Sea Cadet program.

In January 2016, he was involved with a student panel that discussed violence at a Harrisburg town hall forum, which was covered by WHP-TV. 

The 23-year-old was arrested at home on Feb. 24. Police say he had a driver's license on him that was issued to Asher Potts.

A spokeswoman for the school district, Kristen Keys, said, “We are treating this as a serious matter,” and added that the district “will continue to cooperate fully with the police department.”

Samarin is currently in jail on charges of identity theft and tampering with public records.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to PennLive it is monitoring Samarin’s case.

Sources: PennLiveWHTM, WHP-TV / Photo credit: Daily Mail

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