TEXAS – A 31-year-old woman is behind bars after police say she has been posing as a high school student for months.
Charity Anne Johnson, 31, was arrested Sunday after a family she was staying with became suspicious of her identity.
Johnson was enrolled as “Charity Stevens,” a sophomore at New Life Christian School in Longview.
A spokesperson for the school told KLTV that Johnson’s guardian brought her to enroll in school back in October, giving a date of birth that indicated she was 15.
On Tuesday, staff at the school discovered her identification was fake.
Her guardian, Tamica Lincoln, says Johnson told her she was 15 and needed a place to stay.
Lincoln says Johnson claimed she was abused by her biological father and that both her parents had passed.
Lincoln took on the role of her guardian, spending money on her and taking care anything she needed.
As soon as Lincoln suspected Charity was using a fake identity, she called the police and went straight to the school.
Johnson was arrested for failure to identify/giving false, fictitious information. She remains in the Gregg County Jail on $500 bond.