LONGVIEW, Texas – Police have arrested a high school sophomore after they learned she gave them a false name and is actually 34 years old.
KLTV reported the Longview, Texas, investigation found Charity Anne Johnson is 34.
Johnson was enrolled at New Life Christian School as “Charity Stevens.”
School officials said a person claiming to be her guardian brought her to enroll.
She gave the school a fake birth date that would have made her 15.
The school discovered her false identity Tuesday.
She has been at student at the school since October 2013.
Resident Tamica Lincoln said Charity told her she was 15 and needed a place to stay back in March.
“I sympathized with her and invited her into my home,” Lincoln told KLTV. “I took her in as a child, did her hair, got her clothes and shoes.”
Lincoln said Charity claimed she was abused by her biological father and that her mother was dead.
Lincoln told KLTV she acted as Charity’s guardian and even met with Charity’s 10th grade teachers at New Life Christian School.
“I just don’t know why she did it,” Lincoln said. “Why put yourself and others at risk to do something like this? I have deep concerns about her being who, we don’t know she is, and then she’s out there at the school.”
Lincoln said she called police and went straight to the school as soon as soon as she realized Charity was using a fake identity.
“Teachers were crying and students were crying and her best friend just couldn’t believe it,” Lincoln said.
Johnson was arrested for failure to identify/giving false, fictitious information.
KLTV said she is in the Gregg County Jail on $500 bond.
KDVR contributed to this report.