A booking photo of Charity Johnson. REUTERS/Longview Police
A 31-year-old US woman has been arrested after several
months posing as a teenage student at a private high school in
Charity Johnson enrolled in October as a sophomore at New
Life Christian School in Longview under the name "Charite
Stevens," with identification that said she was 15 years old,
Johnson told school officials she had been home-schooled and
had no prior transcripts. A school district representative
could not immediately be reached for comment.
Tamica Lincoln, a woman who lives in the area, told KLTV she
took Johnson in after she claimed to be a teenage orphan from
an abusive household, enrolled her in school and met with her
"I took her in as a child, did her hair, got her clothes and
shoes," Lincoln said.
But Lincoln said she started to doubt Johnson's story and
Johnson was arrested after identifying herself to police as
the alias she used to enroll in school, the TV report said.
Johnson was charged with failure to identify and giving false
information, according to jail records.