A 25-year-old Texas man was arrested last week for posing as a high school student and playing on the boys' basketball team, police said - and he may have had an inappropriate relationship with an underage girl.
When Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley chose to have his own fast times at Hillcrest High School in Dallas, he got no such permission from the administration, and simply claimed to be a 17-year-old Hurricane Harvey refugee in order to join the basketball team.
Making matters even more unsettling for Gilstrap-Portley's fellow students and their parents, he is alleged to have dated a 14-year-old girl who also went to Hillcrest.
The woman, who did not wish to be named, told the Dallas Morning News that she was uncomfortable with what she thought was a three-year age gap relationship - and insists her daughter did not have sex with Gilstrap-Portley, who is himself a father. "That's why I was shocked when I heard that all this came out, because that's not the kid that I knew".
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The Cumberland PD was one of the first to offer its kudos to the young pranksters. "Laugh people!" one person said. Congratulations to all the seniors who are graduating", the Cumberland Police Department wrote on Facebook Monday.
The woman said she only spoke to Gilstrap-Portley, known to her as Rashun Richardson, once over the phone.
School officials, meanwhile, notified parents of the freakish incident in a letter Monday and vowed to review the district's policies, KXAS reports. The coach then contacted Dallas police, who arrested the man on a charge of tampering with government documents for filing false enrollment records. "I never had any problems out of him".
"We believe it is absolutely essential that every young person, especially in times of great difficulty, feels safe and secure, and that was the guiding principle when we were welcoming students displaced by the hurricane", Bayer said. He flew under the radar until a former coach at North Mesquite High School recognized him as a former player. Her mother told the Dallas Morning News that she is "upset, frustrated and angry at the same time". The coach reached out to Hillcrest and informed them that "one of my former players who graduated a time ago is playing for you". "It could have gone differently if he had other intentions to hurt her or to traffic her". In October 2017, he enrolled at Hillcrest, where he was able to make the team. Sidney hadn't shown up to class since April 25 and was just booked into the Dallas County Jail on Friday.