High School Stunned to Find Popular Sophomore is Really 31-Year-Old Woman (VIDEO)

If you've ever had one of those nightmares where you're suddenly back in high school, and you're an adult, and you have to take a math exam but realize you haven't used math in 20 years and have no idea what the hell math is (okay, so maybe that's just me), you might find this next story a bit hard to fathom. But a 31-year-old woman apparently wanted to go back to high school. She wanted it so badly that she lied to everyone and pretended to be an orphaned 15-year-old.

Charity Johnson, 31, was arrested on fraud charges after her true identity, that of an adult woman, not a 15-year-old teen, was discovered. Charity spent almost an entire year enrolled as a sophomore at a Christian school in Texas. She also lived with a woman, Tamica Lincoln, who felt sorry for her and thought she was an orphaned child who needed help. She told KLTV:

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.

Officials are unclear why the woman posed as a teen, but there is some speculation that she did it to find a place to live. At any rate, it appears she excelled in high school, and made a lot of friends. Both teachers and students were "crying" when they found out what happened.

While she definitely took advantage of people's trust -- especially her guardian -- it doesn't sound like she did any real damage. She was making friends, getting an education. Of course, con men (and women) must be punished, but she didn't steal from anyone. It sounds like she needs help more than anything.

Johnson isn't the first adult to pretend to be a student and get away with it -- it's not that uncommon. One of the most infamous cases is that of James Hogue, a man in his early 30s, who famously enrolled as a freshman in Princeton. In an interview, he explained that he had a deep desire to be someone other than who he was.

Johnson may feel something similar. But she shouldn't be treated with kid gloves either. If she is anything like Hogue, she will keep doing this, and could even graduate to worse crimes, like he did.

Do you think she should go to jail?

Image via KTLV


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Sarah... SarahHall58

There's clearly something wrong with this woman if she wants to pretend to be 15. There are all kinds of legal implications in this. Did she have a "boyfriend?" That would be a nice addition to this mess.

Shandi80 Shandi80

She should not be penalized for this, she should be admitted for mental treatment. It's not like she killed anyone or hurt anyone. I feel bad for her. She sounds like she never got acceptance or love and this was a last resort way of getting there. Poor girl. No, it wasn't right to lie about who she was, but she clearly needs some help and support. 

John Alastair

Well, that was certainly....weird. But not as weird as THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8RBhOvWMWM

Charl... Charlyla2

That is bizarre. She clearly needs help. Unless she broke the law I do 't think jail time is really the answer here. Sad.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Nobody looked at her and realized she looks old enough to be a parent at the school rather than a student?

nonmember avatar Lisa

@Rhonda "a parent at the high school" she is 31. I guess teen pregnancy is normal where you are from. Also, we can't judge by this photo as she may have looked way different when she was pretending. Plus, if we judge by a photo we would think you are a dude judging by your avatar. I definitely see a mustache and man eyebrows.

nonmember avatar Marlana

@Lisa umm I'm 32 and my oldest of 4 is now 16 and is going into 11th grade...

I was 15 when I had him

nonmember avatar Lisa

@marlana go back and reread my post. I guess TEENAGE pregnancy is normal in your neck of the woods. Where I come from kids are planned. So "ummmm" yourself.

Momm2... Momm2threeboyz

The story is sad. The comments are funny! LOL

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