Longview, OK — Charity Johnson, the 34-year-old woman that was caught pretending to be a 15-year-old high school student, has been sentenced to just 85 days in jail and ordered to pay a $215 fine. She, however, has already been released because of time already served.
During a recent interview with KTRK-TV, she said, “I guess you could say I was looking for love.”
She continued, “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 says her family had abandoned her, and that by acting like a child, people paid attention to her and loved her in ways they would not have if they knew her real age.
She added, “I’m not the person that everybody, that some people have portrayed me to be such a bad person or a monster person. I’m just a regular person that was trying to do something better with her life.”
So why was her sentencing so light?
Well, investigators say that Johnson did not commit a serious crime nor did she pose any real danger with any of the high school children. Also, investigators say she got good grades and was a model student.
Even the family that took her in (when they thought she was a homeless teenager), say that as much as the lies hurt them, they are not going to abandon her and will try to get her the help she needs.