LONGVIEW, Texas — A 31-year-old high school sophomore was arrested in Texas earlier this week after giving police a false name.
That’s not a typo – an investigation found that Charity Anne Johnson is 31, KLTV reported.
Johnson allegedly enrolled New Life Christian School in Longview, Texas, in October of 2013, using the name “Charity Stevens.”
A spokesperson for the school said Johnson was brought in to enroll with her guardian. She enrolled in the school, giving a date of birth that indicated she was 15. On Tuesday, staff at the school discovered her identification was fake.
Resident Tamica Lincoln says back in March, Charity told her she was 15 and needed a place to stay.
“I sympathized with her, and invited her into my home,” she told the station. “I took her in as a child, did her hair, got her clothes and shoes…”
Lincoln says Charity claimed she was abused by her biological father, and that her mother was dead. Lincoln 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. Why put yourself and others at risk to do something like this?” she 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.”