Ukrainian who posed as teen in US faces sex assault charge


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 23-year-old Ukrainian national who posed as a teen to attend a Pennsylvania high school has been charged with sexual assault over a relationship with a student.

Harrisburg police say Artur Samarin, who is already jailed on identity theft and other charges, was arrested Friday on charges of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors.

Police say in a statement the new charges stem from a sexual relationship in 2014, when Samarin was 22 and the student was 15.

Samarin, using the alias Asher Potts, attended Harrisburg High School and was a member of the National Honor Society and the school’s ROTC and Naval Sea Cadet programs. He was to graduate in June.

Online court documents don’t list an attorney for Samarin.

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