Longview, Tx (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.
Johnson spoke exclusively with KETK.
"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 says the reason for all her lies is simple.
" I guess you can say I was looking for love."
She claims her family abandoned her and she doesn't even know where she was born. She says by acting like a child, people took her in, cared for her and loved her in ways they wouldn't have if they knew her real age.
" 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."
Despite her web of deception, Johnson may have found the love and attention she was looking for afterall in the woman she still calls mom and her pastor.
"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."
The two say as much as the lies hurt them, they aren't going to abandon her and will try to get her the help she needs.