Man arrested for posing as Texas high school athlete
Police say a 25-year-old man posed as a 17-year-old Hurricane Harvey evacuee at Dallas high schools for nine months in order to compete on the basketball court
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
DALLAS (AP) — Police say a 25-year-old man duped two Dallas high schools for nine months by posing as a 17-year-old student and Hurricane Harvey evacuee in order to play basketball.
Court records show Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley faces a charge of tampering with government records. He was arrested Friday.
Dallas school district officials say he first enrolled at Skyline High School and later moved to Hillcrest High School, where he joined the basketball team.
District spokeswoman Robyn Harris says the man took advantage of schools opening their doors to students displaced by the hurricane. She says district officials believe Gilstrap-Portley’s primary motivation was to play basketball.
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa apologized to parents. He says the district will work to prevent similar situations in the future.
An attorney wasn’t listed for Gilstrap-Portley in online case records as of Wednesday.