HARRISBURG –A Ukranian native who has been accused of posing as a Dauphin County high school student is facing more charges according to court documents.
Just this afternoon, Artur Samarin was charged with Statutory Sexual Assault and Corruption of Minors.
According to Harrisburg Police, Samarin was arrested while in prison for his sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student in 2014.
Police say through the investigation it was determined Samarin arrived in the U.S. on a 3 month Exchange Visitor Visa. When that expired he applied for and was granted a B2Tourist Visa. The B2 Visa expired on March 1, 2013.
Samarin did graduate from high school and attend two years of college in the Ukraine before he enrolled as a student at John Harris High School using falsified documents in the fall of 2012. He was also a student of Harrisburg University.
Police say his social security card was approved after multiple attempts at several Social Security Administration offices.
Neighbor Tracy Roberson said he was a nice guy who was always polite to her. She said she couldn’t believe the news.
“What he did was wrong, but basically it boils down to he was trying to get an education to better himself,” she said.
Samarin was previously charged with identity theft, three counts of conspiracy, tampering with public records and theft by unlawful taking after pretending to be Asher Potts a student at John Harris High School.
Khaiyon Rice went to high school with Samarin. He said he was a nice guy to be around and was shocked by the news.
“The reaction is everybody is so surprise some people feel sorry because they know he meant well,” he said. “Everybody’s shocked and they talk about it all day.”
Samarin also may have duped the school district out of more than $40,000 in free education, according to court documents.
He was arraigned Feb. 23 and taken to Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.