Skip to comments.Officials: Woman, 34, Enrolled in School as Teen
Posted on 05/15/2014 3:21:50 PM PDT by Theoria
34-year-old woman posed as a teenager to enroll as sophomore at a small private high school in East Texas, officials said Wednesday.
Longview police said Charity Johnson was arrested early Tuesday morning after telling officers she was "Charite Stevens" and was born in November 1997. Police had been called to an apartment when the person Johnson was staying with said she no longer wanted her living there. Police gave Johnson a trespass warning.
Officer Debra Stiles said during the investigation, police determined she had given them a false name and birthdate.
Police say Johnson is 34, although jail records list her as 31. She was being held Wednesday in the Gregg County Jail on $500 bond for allegedly giving false information to police. Attorney information was not listed for her.
Stiles said she did not know why the woman posed as a teen.
The principal at New Life Christian School in Longview said Johnson enrolled 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," Stuart Newlin told The Associated Press.
He said the school charges $150 a month, but there's no penalty if students don't pay. He said she'd been paying about $24 a month tuition at the school with about 30 students.
He said everyone involved with the school was convinced she was a teen.
"The why? Nobody seems to know why," Newlin said.
Stiles also said she did not know what Johnson's motivation was.
Tamica Lincoln told KLTV television station in Tyler that she invited Johnson into her home in March after Johnson told her she needed a place to stay.
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geez. well, getting older has its downsides, but, how many of you would want to go back to high school???????
Thanks for providing evidence. Guilty!
This person did not stand out in a school of 30 students??
Who was the guardian that enrolled her? Maybe I missed it.
Related with a “before” and “after” photo...
Not exactly “Billy Madison” is she?
lol...not even close
What kind of a ‘fone did she have on her? Seriously, there might be more of this type of fraud going on all over the country lending itself to who knows what. I’m not convicting this individual, but it is a shame that the trust factor is totally missing in this country.
Actually, at my children’s high school I’ve seen some students that could pass for a 30 something.
High School. . .have you seen some of the jr. high kids coming out of the schools?
BFD! We have a pResident in DC that no one can even prove was born.
Easy....the free lunches.
Good Lord what the hell happen to her hair?
Are you kidding? It would have been a capitol hate crime to ask anything because of her “protected” status.
Hey, I found a new one!