34-Year-Old Texas Woman Poses as 15-Year-Old, Enrolls in High School

By: CNN
By: CNN
Did you see the movie "Never Been Kissed?" This story is a lot like that. A 34-year-old woman posed as a 15-year-old girl in Texas and enrolled in high school.

This undated booking photo provided by the Longview Police Department shows Charity Johnson. Authorities say Johnson, 34, posed as a teenager to enroll as a sophomore at a private Texas high school. (AP Photo/Longview Police Department)

Did you see the movie "Never Been Kissed?" This story is a lot like that. A 34-year-old woman posed as a 15-year-old girl in Texas and enrolled in high school.

Charity Johnson claimed she was 15 years old, posing as a high school sophomore in east Texas, but police say she's actually 34. They've charged her with giving false or fictitious information.

"Everything that she was doing it was all planned," said Paul Ward of Mentored Charity.

The Facebook pictures, the good grades, and the supposed back story.

"Being abused by her biological father and he passed away and her biological mother is dead," said Tamica Lincoln.

The double life.

She allegedly pretended to be a sweet teenager, but now she's behind bars.

"I sympathized with her and invited her into my home."

Psychologists say those who impersonate younger people put minors at risk.

"The danger is ever present that you may manipulate these much younger people that you can take advantage of them," said Asst. Professor Jeff Gardere.

School officials say Charity had been enrolled since October.


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