34-year-old woman arrested for posing as TX high school student - WKRN News 2

34-year-old woman arrested for posing as TX high school student

Posted: Updated: May 16, 2014 04:19 PM
Charity Johnson, 34, posed as a 15-year-old high school student for seven months. (Courtesy: ABC News) Charity Johnson, 34, posed as a 15-year-old high school student for seven months. (Courtesy: ABC News)
LONGVIEW, TX - A 34-year-old woman was arrested for posing as a 15-year-old student at an east Texas high school.

ABC News reported that Charity Johnson was taken into custody late Monday evening for failing to identify herself.

Authorities were contacted after Johnson’s caregiver, a fellow McDonald’s worker, became suspicious that she was not really a teenager.

Tamica Lincoln said Johnson started living with her in March. Johnson told her that her parents died and her sister was kicked out of her apartment.

She became suspicious after she was contacted by a non-profit that Johnson was trying to work with. The organization did a background check and learned that she was born in 1979.

Police said Johnson is 34-years-old despite jail records that list her as 31.

Lincoln was shocked when she learned the truth.

“She acted like a kid. She did her homework. She got good report cards,” Lincoln said.

Johnson, who told everyone her last name was Stevens, enrolled at New Life Christian School in October of last year. Johnson did not have a transcript and said she had been home schooled.

School officials did not think anything was strange since Lincoln was her guardian.

“Everyone we talked to assumed she was a teenager like she said she was, because she looked like one,” Stuart Newlin, principal of New Life Christian School explained.

Johnson had a 23-year-old boyfriend whom she told she was 18. She also set up several social media accounts where she posed as a teenager.

She was jailed on $500 bond. It is unclear why she enrolled in the school.

*ABC News contributed to this report.
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