A 25-year-old man has been arrested in Texas after being accused of posing as an evacuee from Hurricane Harvey who enrolled in a Dallas high school and played on its basketball team, WFAA.com reported. This made Gilstrap-Portley deception easy within the Dallas ISD.
Sidney Gilstrap Portley was enrolled in two Dallas high schools for nearly nine months, claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee. The woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said her 14-year-old knew the man as Rashun Richardson and thought he was 17.
Gilstrap-Portley has since bonded out, according to The Dallas Morning News, but not before scheming his way back onto the varsity court and sending shock waves through a pair of Dallas high schools that evidently missed the fact he was a full-grown man.
Gilstrap-Portley played basketball at North Mesquite High School before he graduated in 2011.
A district spokesperson said Gilstrap-Portley may have provided as little as just immunization records and proof of a physical.
The last time the impostor teen showed up for class was April 25.
We recently became aware of a student enrolled at our school under false pretenses claiming to be a displaced Hurricane Harvey victim. There's no indication as to how long Gilstrap-Portley would have continued playing if he weren't caught, or whether he would've taken up a new name and come back to play even more high school ball after graduation. He says the district will work to prevent a similar situation in the future.