- Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, 25, attended Dallas area high schools for nine months, pretending to be a 17-year-old, so he could play basketball
- He faces a charge of tampering with government records
Police said a 25-year-old man was apprehended last week after pretending to be a 17-year-old student and a Hurricane Harvey evacuee in order to play basketball.
Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, apparently, enrolled at Hillcrest High School under the name Rashun Richardson after claiming to be a victim displaced by Harvey, which made landfall in the Houston area in mid-August.
According to IB Times, Gilstrap-Portley, a 6ft 2″ guardsmen, played basketball at North Mesquite High School before he graduated in 2011. He attended Dallas Christian College between 2013 and 2014, where he played guard on the school’s Division II basketball team and eventually went undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft.
Gilstrap-Portley transferred to Hillcrest High School in October, where he played for the Panthers and at the same time allegedly dated a 14-year-old old girl.
“We have some liberal policies for homeless students, but he knew that. And he took advantage of this opportunity to enroll in Hillcrest,” Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said.
Federal laws make it easier for evacuees from a natural disaster to enroll in school without documents.
“Unfortunately this was a perfect storm. When we had the issue of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston-area, he took advantage of that and portrayed himself as a victim of that event and enrolled himself in one of our schools.”
Gilstrap-Portley faces a charge of tampering with government records.