Longview, Texas -- (KETK) After months of lying and 29 days in jail, the charade is over for 34-year-old Charity Johnson.
Johnson was arrested last month for providing a fake I.D. to police after posing as a high school sophomore for almost an entire school year. Tuesday morning she plead guilty to the charge for the fake I.D. and was released from jail.
Longview police said Charity Johnson was arrested early Tuesday morning after telling officers she was "Charite Stevens" and was born in November 1997.
Police had been called to an apartment when the person Johnson was staying with said she no longer wanted her living there. Police gave Johnson a trespass warning.
Officer Debra Stiles said during the investigation, police determined she had given them a false name and birthdate.
Police said Johnson is 34, although jail records list her as 31. She was being held Wednesday in the Gregg County Jail on $500 bond for allegedly giving false information to police. Attorney information was not listed for her.
Stiles said she did not know why the woman posed as a teen.
The principal at New Life Christian School in Longview said Johnson enrolled in October with a guardian and filled out paperwork indicating she was 15.
"She acted like a 15, 16-year-old. She was an attentive student, respectful, did her homework," Stuart Newlin told The Associated Press.
He said the school charges $150 a month, but there's no penalty if students don't pay. He said she'd been paying about $24 a month tuition at the school with about 30 students.
He said everyone involved with the school was convinced she was a teen.
"I'm just a normal person..like any other normal person, trying to pursue her education, get her education and make it through life and be a better person," she said in an exclusive interview with NBC affiliate KETK.
Johnson says the reason for all her lies is simple.
"I guess you can say I was looking for love."
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