Charity Johnson enrolled in October as a sophomore at New
Life Christian School in Longview under the name "Charite
Stevens," with identification that said she was 15 years old,
broadcast station KLTV said.
Johnson told school officials she had been home-schooled and had
no prior transcripts. A school district representative could not
immediately be reached for comment.
Tamica Lincoln, a woman who lives in the area, told KLTV she
took Johnson in after she claimed to be a teenage orphan from an
abusive household, enrolled her in school and met with her
"I took her in as a child, did her hair, got her clothes and
shoes," Lincoln said.
But Lincoln said she started to doubt Johnson's story and
alerted police. Johnson was arrested Sunday after identifying
herself to police as the alias she used to enroll in school, the
TV report said. Johnson was charged with failure to identify and
giving false information, according to jail records.
(Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza; Editing by David Bailey)
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