CAIRO, N.Y. —
A 32-yr-previous lady faces felony fees for posing as a homeless teenager to enroll and attend courses at a highschool within the Catskill Mountains, authorities stated Friday as they tried to determine her motive.
Michaelann Goodrich introduced herself as a 15-yr-previous to enroll within the Cairo-Durham faculty district 40 miles (64 kilometers) southwest of Albany last month, Faculty Superintendent Anthony Taibi stated Friday. Officials have been skeptical of her story when Goodrich enrolled on Dec. 19 underneath the identify “Riley Madison,” but they have been required by federal regulation to simply accept her as a result of she claimed she was homeless, Taibi stated.
“The regulation exists to ensure that students who are runaway or abducted youth get into an accountable, protected setting as shortly as attainable,” Taibi stated. “It has worked properly, however this example highlights a vulnerability that exists.”
Faculty officials contacted the sheriff’s workplace to launch an investigation, however within the meantime, Goodrich rode on a faculty bus, attended courses and had lunch at college on Dec. 21, before the vacation break, Taibi stated.
“We made positive that certainly not was she not beneath the supervision of a employees member,” Taibi stated.
Greene County Sheriff’s Investigator Joel Rowell stated Goodrich, who lives in Cairo together with her husband, was charged Dec. 28 with providing a false instrument for filing, falsifying business data and legal trespassing. She was launched from jail after a courtroom look Thursday evening, to await further courtroom action.
The general public defender assigned to Goodrich did not return a telephone call in search of comment Friday afternoon.
Rowell stated Goodrich and her husband previously lived in California and Washington state and it is unclear how long they’ve been in Cairo. He stated Goodrich has no job or youngsters, but does have a diploma from a high school in California.
Within the 1999 movie “By no means Been Kissed,” Drew Barrymore plays a journalist who poses as a highschool scholar to collect details for a narrative. However officers do not know what Goodrich’s motivation was.
“She didn’t have an evidence,” Rowell stated. “That is why we’re reaching out to oldsters of youngsters who have been together with her in class or on the bus to seek out out what their interactions have been, so we will try to determine her motive.”
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