Fifteen Going On Thirty-Four

Texas Woman Arrested for Posing as High School Sophomore

Now I’ve heard some bizarre stories before, but this one really takes the prize.

A 34-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday after posing as a teenager to enroll as a sophomore at a small private high school in East Texas. Police say that 34-year-old Charity Johnson was arrested after telling officers that her name was Charite Stevens and she was born in November 1997.

Police were called to the house where Johnson was staying when the person she was staying with said she no longer wanted her staying there. Johnson was given a warning for trespassing.

After a brief investigation, Officer Debra Stiles discovered that Johnson had given them a false name and birth-date. Johnson was immediately arrested and held in the Gregg County Jail on a $500 bond for giving false information to the police.

The principal at New Life Christian School told police that Johnson enrolled at the school back in October, with a guardian and filled out paperwork indicating she was 15.

“She acted like a 15-, 16-year-old. She was an attentive student, respectful, did her homework,” says Stuart Newlin, principal of New Life Christian School.

He says the school charges about $150 a month but there’s no penalty if a student doesn’t pay. He also added that Johnson had been paying $24 a month at the school which currently has 30 students enrolled.

The real question is why would a 34-year-old woman impersonate a 15-year-old?

Tamica Lincoln spoke to the KLTV-TV saying that she invited Johnson to stay at her home back in March when Johnson told her she needed a place to stay.

“I sympathized with her, and invited her into my home. I took her in as a child, did her hair, got her clothes and shoes,” Lincoln said.

She called the police after she had suspicions that Johnson was using a fake identity.

– Dallas Jordan

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