Last month on May 13, 34-year-old Charity Johnson made national headlines for posing as a 15-year-old high school student.
The woman was arrested for lying about her age and attending an East Texas high school for almost an entire school year. Now Johnson, who enrolled under the alias Charity Stevens, is paying the price for her actions. According to the Associated Press, Johnson has been sentenced to 85 days in jail for to failure to identify/giving false, fictitious information.
Although she plead guilty to committing the outrageous crime, she has opted to share her perspective with the world. Now, she’s revealing the shocking reason why she orchestrated the whole charade. Here’s what she had to say:
“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,” Johnson explained. “I guess you can say I was looking for love. I’m not the person that some people are portraying me to be such a bad person or a monster. I’m a regular person that was trying to do something better with her life.”
The Longview Police Department stated that Johnson enrolled in school at the New Life Christian School in Longview, Texas back in October of last year. However, school officials did not notice that her personal information was falsified until May. But, Johnson’s ruse wasn’t totally exposed until her guardian, Tamica Lincoln, began noticing things that did not add up. Lincoln stated that Johnson explained to her that she was a 15-year-old orphan who’d suffered from child abuse throughout her adolescent life. She took Johnson in out of sympathy and only wanted to help her move forward.
“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,” Lincoln said of Johnson. While Lincoln was extremely hurt by Johnson’s lies, she did state that she would not abandon her. So, Johnson’s story may have the happy ending with the love she claims she was looking for.
“I love them both, I care about them, I know they’re probably hurt and all, but I know it’s something that we’ll work out together,” Johnson said of Lincoln, whom she still refers to as her mother and pastor.
Do you feel that Johnson’s sentiments are real, or is her reason just an excuse to justify her actions? Does the punishment fit the crime?
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