Monday, 24 September, 2018

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

25-year-old Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap Portley posed as 17-year-old named Rashun Richardson to return to high school basketball 'High school basketballer' arrested after real age comes to light
Kristopher Love | 17 May, 2018, 03:28

He faces a charge of tampering with government records.

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.

Richardson ISD says Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley attended one day of classes at Richardson High School last fall. Turns out Rashun is actually 25-year-old Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley.

He was eventually caught after one of Gilstrap-Portley's former coaches remembered he saw him graduate from North Mesquite High School, so he alerted officials. As a student there, Gilstrap-Portley dated a 14-year-old classmate, the girl's mother said.

He enrolled as a freshman and got away with it the entire year, until just a few weeks ago when someone recognized him.

He claimed to have been left homeless by Hurricane Harvey after approaching Skyline and then Hilcrest High School.

That was before he used claims of homelessness to enroll at Hillcrest High School - where he became a standout on the boys varsity basketball team. "I don't know what, how (the school) let this slip through the cracks". However, when they spoke on the phone the unidentified woman said he was always respectful and her daughter assured her there relationship wasn't sexual.

She added: 'I'm upset, frustrated, angry and sad at the same time.

'People need to know.

"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.

"This is a unique situation that shows us areas we need to take another look at when we open our doors to students in these situations".

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

He told NBC5: 'We need to make sure we follow better protocols to try and prevent this from happening, but unfortunately this was nearly like a flawless storm. "To the parents, I apologize".