34-year-old 'sophomore' still in jail, says 'she's sorry'
POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 12:32pm
Longview, Tx (KETK) — It's been almost a month since Charity Johnson's reported web of lies came unraveled, but many people, including those who thought they knew her best are still trying to piece the story together.
After months of posing as a teenager, the 34-year-old was arrested and booked into jail for giving police a fake I.D. in May.
As she sits in jail today, she's reaching out to those whom police say she deceived, including Osarieme Obaseki.
"She sounds like the little 14-year-old girl that I know, she still calls me mom, she tells me she loves me."
Obaseki says Johnson calls her from jail everyday. Obaseki is just one of many people who took care of her. But, Obaseki is the only one who has received an apology.
"She apologized..she said I'm sorry."
Obaseki is also the one who says she saw through Johnson's stories and lies, and discovered she wasn't the innocent child she was claiming to be.
Obaseki says although Johnson said she was sorry, she's doubtful she realizes the magnitude of what she's done.
"There's a child trapped within..she has not grown past that child."
Letourneau University Psychology professor Dr. Jeffrey Quiett does not treat Johnson. But, he says when he heard the story he was left searching for answers as well.
"Obviously there's some mental issues going on there..and there very well may be a personality disorder or a mental disorder."
Dr.Quiett says he's never seen a case like this, but he believes Johnson was hungry for attention.
" I think she did it for the feeling of caring and the welcoming aspect, which are very powerful and good things, but the deception she did to that overshadowed the good she got."