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Woman, 31, arrested after pretending to be an orphaned teen and attending high school

By Mason White 7:51 AM May 16, 2014
Charity Johnson 

By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) A 31-year-old woman, who wanted her high school diploma, attended high school as a teenage girl.

Charity Johnson was adopted by a kindhearted family, who believed her sob story of being an orphan.

The 31-year-old woman was arrested for impersonating a high school student after spending almost a whole year enrolled as a sophomore, police in Texas said.

Charity Johnson attended classes at New Life Christian School in Longview. Her fantasy life came to an end after her foster family began to suspect that she was not who she claimed to be.

The family called police, who ordered the woman to stay away from her adoptive parents’ home. Police said that Johnson used the name Charite Stevens, and began to go to school after posing as an orphaned 15-year-old girl.

“I sympathized with her and invited her to my house,” Tamica Lincoln, who became the guardian of Johnson, said.

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

Johnson allegedly told Lincoln that she was abused by her biological father after her mother died.

Investigators determined that Johnson used a fake name and birthday to enroll in the school. The woman even had a Facebook account posing as a tenth grader.

Johnson was booked into the Gregg County Jail, and is being held in lieu of $500 bond. She was accused of giving false and fictitious information, officials said.