31-year-old Texas woman dupes officials, poses as high school student

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by WHAS11 editors

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Posted on May 15, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 1:12 PM

(ABC News) – A 31-year-old East Texas woman is facing charges after police said she duped school officials, posing as a high school sophomore.

They all know the same face, but friends of Charity Johnson said they have each heard a different story.

“Everything that she was doing, it was all planned,” one friend said.

“She gave me the same story about being abused by her biological father, then he passed away and her biological mother is dead,” another student said.

Tamica Lincoln said back in March, Johnson told her she was 15 and needed a place to stay.

“I sympathized with her, and invited her into my home,” Lincoln said.

Lincoln said she went a step farther and also met with charity's 10th grade teachers at New Life Christian School.

As soon as Lincoln and Paul Ward suspected Johnson was using a fake identity, they called the police and went straight to the school.

School officials would not go on camera but said 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 said. “It's pretty mind boggling. It causes you to pause.”

New Life Christian School has around 30 students and officials said Johnson enrolled as a sophomore last October under the name "Charity Stevens."

They said she came in as a home-schooled student without any prior transcripts.

Her bond has been set at $500.
 

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