Man arrested for posing as Texas high school athlete

Man arrested for posing as Texas high school athlete

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley posed as a 17-year-old Hurricane Harvey refugee in August when he enrolled as a freshman under the name Rashun Richardson at Skyline High School in Dallas.

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley pretended he was a victim of Hurricane Harvey and enrolled himself at Skyline High School in Dallas before transferring to Hillcrest High School, FOX4 reported.

The district tells WFAA students who've been through a natural disaster or are homeless aren't asked for the same documentation that's typically required, per federal law.

In those situations, Dallas school superintendent Michael Hinojosa says the district may wave ID requirements.

Gilstrap-Portley even played for the Hillcrest basketball team, the school confirmed.

The Morning-News notes that officials "believe his primary motivation was to play basketball".

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley allegedly posed as a school student for nine months across two schools exclusively so he could once again play high school basketball.

More seriously, a mother Hillcrest says that Gilstrap-Portley was in a relationship with her 14-year-old daughter.

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The woman said she only spoke to Gilstrap-Portley, known to her as Rashun Richardson, once over the phone.

And the mother of his 14 year-old ex-girlfriend hit out at the deception, saying: 'I don't know...how (the school) let this slip through the cracks.

"As a parent, I try to talk to her right now being more concerned and aware of the situation because he's not just a kid her age".

Gilstrap-Portley was kicked out, arrested, and is facing felony charges.

An attorney wasn't listed for Gilstrap-Portley in online records as of Wednesday. One of his former coaches at his old high school saw him playing in April and alerted the Hillcrest coach.

"He was always respectful to me", she told the newspaper.

'If it's happening at Hillcrest, then it could be happening somewhere else. Police booked him into the Dallas County Jail and has since been released on bond, according to court records. People need to know.

"We have no excuses they send their kids to be safe at our schools and if we're not taking care of these things it creates a little doubt", said Hinojosa.

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