LONGVIEW, Texas (WTVR) — A 34-year-old Texas woman is behind bars accused of pretending to be a 15-year-old high school student.
Charity Anne Johnson was enrolled at a high school in Longview under the alias of “Charity Stevens” before authorities found out she had provided a fake name and birthday, KLTV reports.
Johnson had been attending New Life Christian School since October 2013.
However, school staff members just discovered Tuesday that her identification was fake.
Tamica Lincoln said she has been acting as Johnson’s parental guardian since March of 2013 when she claimed to be an abused 15-year-old who “needed a place to crash.”
School officials said a person claiming to be Johnson’s guardian walked in and helped the woman enroll for school with a birth date that indicated she was 15.
Lincoln admitted that she enrolled Johnson in school in October and even met with her teachers, which unknowingly give more credence to Johnson’s bizarre scheme.
“I just don’t know why she did it. Why put yourself and others at risk to do something like this?” Lincoln told KLTV. “I have deep concerns about her being who we don’t know she is, and then she’s out there at the school.”
However, once Lincoln learned Charity was accused of using a fake identity, she called police and headed to the school.
“Teachers were crying and students were crying, and her best friend just couldn’t believe it,” Lincoln said.
Johnson, who was charged with failure to identify/giving false, fictitious information, is being held in jail on $500 bond.