LONGVIEW, Texas – A 34-year-old woman who posed as a teenager to enroll as a sophomore at an East Texas high school has pleaded guilty to failure to identify.
A judge in Longview on Tuesday sentenced Charity Johnson to 85 days in jail in a plea agreement.
Johnson was arrested May 13 after a woman who allowed Johnson to stay at her apartment called the police when she discovered Johnson was not a teenager. New Life Christian School officials said Johnson enrolled last October with a guardian and indicated she was 15 years old.
Johnson told police she was born in 1997 and officers issued her a trespass warning. Authorities later determined she was much older.
Johnson has served nearly a month in jail.
As previously reported by NewsOne, Johnson used the alias Charite Stevens and claimed that both of her biological parents were deceased.
Johnson also claimed that her biological father had abused her prior to his death.
Tamica Lincoln, a woman who was friendly with the staffers at the high school, somehow got wind of Johnson’s plight and opened her family’s home to her. The generous caregiver, who eventually became Johnson’s guardian last March, also helped the alleged teen enroll in a high school program. Johnson told KLTV, “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.”
As time progressed, however, the 5-foot tall, 300-pound Johnson reportedly began to bring suspicion to herself. Lincoln slowly came to the realization that perhaps the alleged teen girl was not who she portrayed herself to be, so she contacted the authorities.
When police investigators delved into Johnson’s background, they discovered the fact that she was not a teen but an adult. Officers also uncovered the fact that Johnson was using a fake name and had also set up a bogus Facebook page.