Thursday, 16 August, 2018

'High school basketballer' arrested after real age comes to light

25-year-old posed as teen to play high school basketball officials Modal Trigger Sidney Gilstrap Portley Dallas County Jail
Rita Gibson | 17 May, 2018, 06:35

He says that Gilstrap-Portley wanted to relive his athletic glory days, so he pretended to be a Hurricane Harvey victim and re-enrolled in high school.

He was arrested late Friday night in the 2400 block of Highway 80 in Mesquite, said a Mesquite police spokesman.

He's charged with a felony of tampering with government records.

As a star player on the school's basketball team, he dominated younger athletes and was named the district's offensive player of the year, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The reasons for his enrollment in Dallas ISD, and for the transfer, weren't immediately clear.

Sandra Verduzco, a spokeswoman for the communications department of the Dallas Independent School District's Police Department, confirmed to Law&Crime that cops are looking into a "possible improper relationship" between Gilstrap-Portley and a student. Spokesperson Robyn Harris said he told them he was homeless and had come to Dallas alone from Houston.

Dallas superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa told NBC DFW the district would "follow better protocols to try and prevent this from happening".

"He fooled us. He did", said Christopher Bayer, the principal at Hillcrest High. "That makes a little more sense now". "It hurts your feelings".

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Gilstrap-Portley's father said his son has a child and live-in fiance.

The last time the impostor teen showed up for class was April 25.

Gilstrap-Portley is not the only one being penalized, so is the team.

"He gave us a story about little brothers and sisters that he was taking care of that were in and out of homes", said Bayer. "Seven years later, he was still playing high school basketball and, according to Hinojosa, who had watched Gilstrap-Portley play at a playoff game, 'he didn't look any different than the other students'".

Gilstrap-Portley's ruse was finally uncovered when one of his former coaches saw him playing and notified officials stating "one of my former players who graduated a time ago is playing for you". "He tried to push "rewind" in his life".

The mother says that her daughter insists that the two did not have a sexual relationship. If that's the case, he would face more charges. However, this isn't the first time we've seen people in their 20s successfully pose as high schoolers to play sports. "We'll cooperate with them about what sanctions, if any, need to occur".

"He was fairly savvy to be able to utilise that type of position, knowing that we were accepting Harvey students".

I don't understand the desire to go back to high school, myself.

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