A 25-year-old Texas man was arrested on Friday after he allegedly posed as a would-be high school basketball star for months and dated a 14-year-old girl.
Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley of Mesquite, Texas, was arrested and charged with tampering with government records after he enrolled at two Dallas, Texas, schools as a 17-year-old boy named Rashaun Richardson, spokesperson for the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD), Robyn Harris, tells PEOPLE.
He was booked into the Dallas County Jail and posted bond, according to the Dallas Morning News. An attorney for him was not listed.
Gilstrap-Portley had deceived school administrators following Hurricane Harvey using the fact that the storm laid waste to homes and schools to his advantage when he enrolled at Hillcrest High School in October 2017, Harris says.
“We have kind of looked at this as a perfect storm as it became a very complex story toward this individual who posed as a student,” says Harris.
Gilstrap-Portley enrolled first at Skyline High School before he was transferred to Hillcrest High School as a Hurricane Harvey evacuee.
“He was a normal student, he was not in any sort of misconduct challenges. He was truly a good student by all indications,” says Harris. “He was a little low-key. They now believe, more in hindsight, that there was a reason for that.”
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His reason? An alleged desire to reinvent himself as a basketball star on the school’s team. He succeeded in playing on the team until a former coach of his during his actual high school days spotted him at a tournament the weekend of April 27.
“My understanding is that the coach learned he was playing in Hillcrest. He reached out to the coach at Hillcrest and they immediately alerted the school administrators and began a formal investigation,” says Harris.
The school district’s own police force also began an investigation and security measures were put in place should Gilstrap-Portley return to the school.
He did not, however, return after being confronted by his former coach, who provided his real name of Gilstrap-Portley to the school.
Once school officials were able to verify his real birth name, they concluded Gilstrap-Portley had graduated from Mesquite North High School in 2011.
“We can surmise this was brought on by an effort to relive his glory days as a basketball student,” says Harris. “That’s our own personal belief.”
The Dallas Morning News reported Gilstrap-Portley was allegedly in a relationship with a 14-year-old girl at Hillcrest High.
The student’s mother, who spoke to the outlet on condition of anonymity, said her daughter believe he was 17, not 25.
“It’s unbelievable to me that he could get away with this,” the mother said. “I don’t know what, how let this slip through the cracks.”
She added her daughter had told her their relationship had not been sexual, the …read more