Fake Foreign HS “Student” Charged with Sexual Assault

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NBCPhiladelphia reports that a 24-year-old Ukrainian man who overstayed his visa and lied about his name and age to attend a Pennsylvania high school was sentenced Tuesday to 11½ to 23 months in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate and stealing a public school education.

A federal judge earlier this month sentenced Artur Samarin to two months in prison for passport fraud and Social Security fraud.

First Assistant District Attorney Fran Chardo said that Samarin “sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl” when he was 22 but pretending to be considerably younger. He deserves every minute he serves in prison.”

Police said that by the time Samarin’s tourist visa expired in March 2013, he already nearly finished his freshman year at John Harris, better known as Harrisburg High School, despite having attended two years of college in Ukraine.

Honor student Artur Samarin, known in school as Asher Potts, was well into his senior year in high school when police got a tip that the earnest teenager who had so impressed community leaders for nearly four years was not the person he claimed to be.

Samarin impressed teachers and community leaders — including participating in Junior ROTC and student government — before authorities learned his identity and true age. He had legally entered the country before overstaying his expired visa.

First Assistant District Attorney Fran Chardo said Samarin has agreed to be deported once his jail term is up.

Michael and Stephanye Potts, who acted as Samarin’s adopted parents, have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial on charges of federal fraud for plotting the identity scam, NBC Philadelphia reported.

Samarin reportedly told the judge, “I made a huge mistake to pursue my American dream.”

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