25-year-old Passes as High Schooler to Relive Basketball Glory Days

Man arrested for posing as Hurricane Harvey victim so he could play high school basketball

Rashun Richarson is actually Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, a 25-year old former basketball player at Dallas Christian College.

Sidney Gilstrap Portley was enrolled in two Dallas high schools for nearly nine months, claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee.

Gilstrap-Portley transferred to Hillcrest High School in October, where he played for the Panthers and allegedly dated a 14-year-old old girl, reported KXAS, an NBC affiliate in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dallas Independent School District spokeswoman Robyn Harris said they believed Gilstrap-Portley's "primary motivation" to get enrolled as a Hurricane Harvey refugee, was basketball.

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.

"I knew the young man". "For him to take advantage of the Harvey situation and then the homeless laws and get himself in front of our students, it is frustrating", Hinojosa said.

"We apologize for this situation, there is no excuse for it, we do think it is a very rare anomaly, and we do want you to tell your students if you see something, say something, is there is something we need to know, if something looks inappropriate, doesn't look nice, tell an adult and we will look into it", said Hinojosa. He originally attempted to do so at Skyline High School, but because he did not have a physical, he could not play at the school. "I never had any problems out of him".

After nine months in the Dallas school system, one of Gilstrap-Portley's former coaches tipped off authorities.

"He fooled us. He did", said Christopher Bayer, the principal at Hillcrest High.

In reality, Gilstrap-Portley graduated from suburban North Mesquite High School in 2011, an unidentified source told WFAA.

The mother says that her daughter insists that the two did not have a sexual relationship.

"I'm upset, frustrated, angry and sad at the same time", she told the newspaper. "It could have gone differently if he had other intentions to hurt her or to traffic her".

The parents also wondered wondering why the school didn't tell them about it before the news did and how the man was able to share the hallways and classrooms with their kids. Sidney hadn't shown up to class since April 25 and was just booked into the Dallas County Jail on Friday.



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