Sophomore at an east Texas high school is actually 31 years old, arrested for giving police false information
LONGVIEW, TX (CNN/KLTV) — It turns out a sophomore at an east Texas high school is actually 31-years-old and is now behind bars.
Charity Johnson was arrested Sunday night in Longview.
She’s charged with giving officials a fake name and date of birth, claiming she was half her real age.
They all know the same face, but friends of Charity Johnson have each heard a different story.
“Everything that she was doing, it was all planned,” said Paul Ward, who mentored Charity.
“She gave me the same story about being abused by her biological father, then he passed away and her biological mother is dead,” Tamica Lincoln told CNN affiliate KLTV, and says Charity told her she was 15 back in March, and needed a place to stay.
“I sympathized with her, and invited her into my home,” Lincoln explained.
Lincoln also met with charity's 10th grade teachers at New Life Christian School.
“I just don't know why she did it. Why put yourself and others at risk to do something like this,” Lincoln said.
“I have deep concerns about her being who we don't know she is and then she's out there at the school,” Ward said.
As soon as Lincoln and Paul Ward suspected charity was using a fake identity, they called the police and went straight to the school.
“Teachers was crying and students were crying,” Lincoln said.
School officials would not go on camera but say a notice about the situation will be sent home with students on Thursday.
Lincoln posted a picture of charity on Facebook and asked if anyone knew her. The response is surprising.
“I've reached out to four different women off of Facebook that she has contacted. Florida, here in Longview and Minnesota,” Lincoln explained.
“It's pretty mind boggling. It causes you to pause,” Ward said.
New Life Christian School has around 30 students.
School officials say Charity Johnson enrolled as a sophomore last October under the name Charity Stevens.
They say she came in as a home-schooled student without any prior transcripts.
Her bond has been set at 500 dollars.