Police arrest 25-year-old posing as high school basketball player
By admin - 2018-05-16 16:55:14

Police in Dallas, Tx. say a 25-year-old man who pretended to be a 17-year-old high school student so he could play basketball again has been arrested.

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley started the 2017-18 school year at Skyline High School claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee named Rashun Richardson, then transferred to Hillcrest in October to join the basketball team, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Dallas Independent School District superintendent Robyn Harris said that Dallas ISD officials believe his primary motivation was to play basketball, but he also told them he was homeless.

“He took that as an opportunity to gain access to our schools. He was fairly savvy to be able to utilize that type of position, knowing that we were accepting Harvey students,” Harris said about Gilstrap-Portley’s wherewithal in exploiting the school district’s open door policy to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Gilstrap-Portley was arrested last Friday and charged with tampering with government records. He was booked into the Dallas County Jail and has since bonded out, according to court records. Dallas ISD officials said Gistrap-Portley was found out when one of his former coaches from North Mesquite High School, where Gilstrap-Portley was once a legitimate student, saw him playing at a tournament in April for Hillcrest and recognized him as one of his players who graduated from high school seven years ago. The coach then contacted the Hillcrest basketball coach, Harris said.

Gilstrap-Portley is also said to have dated a 14-year-old girl while posing as a student. The girl’s mother, who spoke to the News on the condition of anonymity, said she was shocked and saddened that this could happen.

“It’s unbelievable to me that he could get away with this,” she said. “I don’t know how this slipped through the cracks. I’m upset, frustrated, angry and sad at the same time.”