Man, 25, posed as 17-year-old student to relive basketball glory at Dallas high school – and even dated 14-year-old student – before coach from his old school busted him
- Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, 25, attended Dallas area high schools for nine months, pretending to be a 17-year-old, so he could play basketball
- Schools were opening their doors to Hurricane Harvey victims who may not have had full documentation or records
- In October, he moved to Hillcrest High School where he became a star player
- He was voted the District 11-5A offensive player of the year and helped the Hillcrest Panthers complete the season with an 11-10 record
- The 6ft2″ guardsmen dated a 14-year-old freshman while at the school, according to her mother, although the relationship was not sexual
- Gilstrap-Portley was finally spotted by one of his old coaches during a tournament and was arrested
- He faces a charge of tampering with government records
A 25-year-old man posed as a high school student so he could relive his old glory days on the basketball courts, police say.
Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley attended Dallas area high schools for nine months, pretending to be a 17-year-old, before he was finally spotted by one of his old coaches and arrested.
He faces a charge of tampering with government records, the Dallas Newsreports.
Gilstrap-Portley (right, and left in his mugshot) attended Dallas area high schools for nine months, pretending to be a 17-year-old, before he was finally spotted by one of his old coaches and arrested
Gilstrap-Portley graduated from his own high school, North Mesquite, in 2011, and had a relatively successful college basketball career as a guardsmen for the Dallas Christian College between 2013 and 2014. But he went undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft.
Missing his basketball glory days, he decided to go back to school, according to police.
Gilstrap-Portley enrolled at Skyline High School under the alias Rashun Richardson at the beginning of the school year, claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee.
At the time, the school had opened its doors to hurricane evacuees who had often lost their transcripts and personal records.
‘He took that as an opportunity to gain access to our schools,’ Dallas ISD spokeswoman Robyn Harris said. ‘He was fairly savvy to be able to utilize that type of position, knowing that we were accepting Harvey students.’
In October, he moved to Hillcrest High School, telling them he was homeless and had moved to Dallas because of Harvey.
Officials believe his main motivation was to join the basketball team and Gilstrap-Portley became a star player for Hillcrest for the 2017-18 season.
His MySpace page full of photos of him on the court with captions such as, ‘No one can come between me and my first love…basketball,’ and ‘jus got dne f*ckin wit da college hoopers need competition(sic)’.
He was voted the District 11-5A offensive player of the year and helped the Hillcrest Panthers complete the season with an 11-10 record.
But a student parent said that while he was at the school, he also dated her 14-year-old daughter.
‘It’s unbelievable to me that he could get away with this,’ she said. ‘I don’t know what, how [the school] let this slip through the cracks.’
The mother said that the couple never had a sexual relationship, but she’d been concerned about her daughter dating a 17-year-old.
She added that she had never met Gilstrap-Portley but had spoken to him over the phone and he appeared to be ‘respectful’ to her.
Not for a moment did she ever consider that her daughter’s boyfriend may be leading a secret double life.
She only learned the truth when a detective called her this week.
‘I’m upset, frustrated, angry and sad at the same time,’ she said. ‘If it’s happening at Hillcrest, then it could be happening somewhere else. People need to know. It could have gone differently if he had other intentions to hurt her or to traffic her.’
Gilstrap-Portley was finally caught after one of his former coaches from North Mesquite High School recognized him when they saw him playing at a tournament in April, and alerted the Hillcrest basketball coach.
Coaches and staff from his former school were shocked to learn of the deception, calling the student a ‘good kid.’
Dallas ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa told NBC5 that Gilstrap-Portley didn’t appear to be any older than his teenage classmates.
Hinojosa has since apologized to parents, saying the school was working to prevent anything like this happening in the future.
Hillcrest principal Chris Bayer also sent a letter to students and parents Tuesday telling them he’d ‘became aware of a student enrolled at our school under false pretenses claiming to be a displaced Hurricane Harvey victim.’
‘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 that need improving when we open our doors to students in times of need.’
Gilstrap-Portley was arrested on Friday night and has since posted bond.