Man, 25, Poses as High School Student to Play Basketball

Man, 25, Poses as High School Student to Play Basketball

But the woman said her daughter told her she did not have a sexual relationship with Gilstrap-Portley, whom she never met but had spoken to on the phone.

Sidney Gilstrap Portley was enrolled in two Dallas high schools for nearly nine months, claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee.

A 25-year-old man is facing charges after posing as a 17-year-old so he could once again play on the high school's basketball team.

Sidney claimed to be from Houston and he was displaced because of Hurricane Harvey.

Gilstrap-Portley was able to pull off his scheme because federal law prohibits schools from requiring supporting documents when a transfer student claims he or she is homeless or an evacuee from a natural disaster.

DISD officials say Gilstrap-Portley gained access to schools at a time when the district had opened its doors to hurricane evacuees. According to a write-up by the Preston Hollow People, "Rashun Richardson" scored 17 points in the team's first-round playoff loss. A few months after attending Skyline, he made a decision to try his luck at Hillcrest High School.

He was eventually caught after one of Gilstrap-Portley's former coaches remembered he saw him graduate from North Mesquite High School, so he alerted officials.

The report noted Gilstrap-Portley bonded out of Dallas County Jail after his Friday arrest. He was charged with tampering of government records and has since been released. When issues of concern occur we feel it is important to share them with you, so you are aware of the facts.

We recently became aware of a student enrolled at our school under false pretenses claiming to be a displaced Hurricane Harvey victim. He says the district will work to prevent a similar situation in the future. Safety is always our top priority, and we are reviewing our policies to strengthen district efforts while still helping those who are in need.

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