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34-year old woman gets jail time for pretending to be 15

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Remember the grown woman who convinced a Texas high school that she was only 15? Well, the 34-year-old, Charity Anne Johnson, has finally been given her punishment for lying. After pleading guilty for failure to identify, Johnson will spend 85 days in jail and pay a $277 fine, reported Gawker. She has been detained since she was busted for the crime on May 13th.

Johnson’s deceit began when she met co-worker Tamica Lincoln, 30, at McDonald’s. Johnson, whose high school alias was “Charity Stevens,” told Lincoln that her abusive father and her mother passed away. She also led Lincoln to believe that she was 15. After listening to Johnson’s story, Lincoln took her under her wing and let her live in her home. She then enrolled Johnson into a local high school, New Life Christian School in Longview, Texas.

Although Johnson made friends, received good grades, and even had a 23-year-old boyfriend (which was technically too old for her based on her lie), a few people who were close to her began to speculate that Johnson may not be who she said she was. Lincoln notified the school of her suspicions, and soon after, Johnson was arrested for failure to identify and providing false information.

Lincoln and others in Johnson’s manufactured life grew to like Johnson and were crushed by the news. “I just don’t know why she did it,” Lincoln wondered. “Why put yourself and others at risk to do something like this? I have deep concerns about her being who we don’t know she is, and then she’s out there at the school. Teachers were crying and students were crying, and her best friend just couldn’t believe it.”

Osarieme Obaseki, an organizer of the nonprofit organization for women and girls, What About Us, was beginning to become a close mentor of Johnson’s. She told Obaseki that she was 14, but after a while, Obaseki begin to notice that Johnson had the body of a grown woman.

“It’s just been a lot of lies and cover-up,” Obaseki said. “Nobody I spoke to has said it’s ever been a financial situation. She had money! It’s not that, at all.”
Do you think Charity Johnson received a fair punishment for her actions?