23-year-old man posing as high school student charged with sexual assault
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A Ukrainian man who spent years posing as a Pennsylvania high school student was recently charged with sexual assault.
While pretending to be Harrisburg High School model student Asher Potts, Artur Samarin dated a classmate.
He was 22 when the relationship with the then 15-year-old was ongoing.
Samarin, who was arrested early last week for a bevy of offenses related to his false identity, was further charged with statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors on February 26.
According to investigators, the man began to pose as a teenager in an attempt to stay in the U.S. after his visa expired.
See photos of Samarin and reaction to his secret identity on social media:
Ukrainian man Artur Samarin arrested after posing as Pa. high school student since 2012
Mugshot for Ukranian nat'l Artur Samarin, 23, aka Asher Potts, who disguised self as student at Harrisburg HS. https://t.co/aGXGfjtAVw
Asher Potts, #HBG HS soph with a 4.16 GPA in ROTC is a new member of the Nat'l Honor Society. #goingplaces #proud http://t.co/s2wmjj6lTk
Despite what the media says you're still a good person Asher..Artur Samarin...nothing but good words towards you. https://t.co/JkHmpYfhDh
Let's not forget he's an honor student. You can't take it away from him. Artur Samarin aka 'Asher Potts' earned it!
Throwback of Me and Asher Potts or should I say Artur Samarin. Was a very respective person!! Mindblown about this! https://t.co/jOkxDGeuIM
Artur Samarin, a 23-year-old Ukrainian, called himself Asher Potts, posed as US high school student for four years: https://t.co/vKk5YdStl7
Ukranian man posing as Harrisburg student bragged about district's 'opportunities': Artur Samarin was one of five… https://t.co/QlxDtMf59N
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