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Charity Johnson was arrested for failure to identify/giving false, fictitious information.
By Evan Bleier   |   May 15, 2014 at 2:07 PM   |   Comments

LONGVIEW , Texas, May 15 (UPI) -- A 31-year-old Texas woman is in jail after she allegedly lied about her age so that she could enroll at a high school in Longview.

Charity Johnson enrolled at New Life Christian School in Longview as a sophomore using the name Charity Stevens. That was the same name she gave officers when they arrested her at her apartment.

Johnson had been a student at New Life since October 2013. She was arrested for failure to identify/giving false, fictitious information and was brought to Gregg County Jail.

Administrators at the school claim Johnson used a fake ID that indicated she was 15 when she enrolled at the school with the help of a woman who acted as her guardian.

Tamica Lincoln also thought that Johnson was 15 and actually met with Johnson's 10th grade teachers about her progress.

"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," Lincoln told KLTV. "I just don't know why she did it. 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."

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