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Charity Johnson, 31, claimed she was an orphaned 15-year-old girl before a family gave her a place to live and helped her enroll in a Texas high school.

A 31-year-old woman was arrested for posing as a Texas high school student after spending almost an entire year enrolled as a sophomore, police said.

Charity Johnson — who was attending classes at New Life Christian School in Longview since October — was collared on Sunday, after her adoptive family became suspicious of her identity, KLTV reported.
Police say Johnson, who was using the name Charite Stevens, began going to school after she posed as an orphaned 15-year-old to find a place to live.

“I sympathized with her and invited her into my home,” Tamica Lincoln, who became Johnson’s guardian, told the news station.

“I took her in as a child, did her hair, got her clothes and shoes.”

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Johnson claimed the was abused by her biological father who passed away when her mother died, Lincoln said.

Lincoln, who maintained relationships with the Charite’s teachers, said she recently became curious of the 10th-grader’s identity and called police.

Investigators soon determined that Johnson used a fake name and birthday to enroll at the school. The woman even had a bogus Facebook account, Lincoln said.

Johnson was ordered held at Gregg County Jail in lieu of $500 bond after she was arraigned on several charges that included giving false, fictitious information, authorities said.

School officials told the news station that they would be sending a notice about the arrest to parents on Thursday.
Lincoln said teachers and students at the school — located about 140 miles east of Dallas — were stunned.

“Teachers were crying and students were crying,” she said. “And her best friend just couldn’t believe it.”
It was not immediately clear why Johnson conned Lincoln or the school.

Source: NY Daily News