Fake hon­ors stu­dent gets more jail time be­fore de­por­ta­tion

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

A 24-yearold Ukrainian man who 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 Dauphin County judge on Tues­day also or­dered Ar­tur Sa­marin to re­pay the Harrisburg School District $44,000 while he spends seven years on pro­ba­tion af­ter his re­lease from jail, Pennlive.com first re­ported. But First As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Fran Chardo said he doesn’t ex­pect ei­ther will hap­pen be­cause Sa­marin has agreed to be de­ported once his jail term is up.

“I don’t ever ex­pect to see that money,” Chardo said.

A fed­eral judge ear­lier this month sen­tenced Sa­marin to two months in prison for pass­port fraud and So­cial Se­cu­rity fraud. Sa­marin will serve the state court sen­tence im­posed Tues­day first be­fore serv­ing the fed­eral sen­tence.

Sa­marin was called Asher Potts at John Har­ris High School. He 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.

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