Man, 25, poses as high school student to play basketball

Man, 25, poses as high school student to play basketball

A 25-year-old man was arrested by Texas officials after it was discovered he posed as a 17-year-old in order to enroll in a high school and play on the basketball team.

"I'm upset, frustrated, angry and sad at the same time", she said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News.

He was arrested on Friday night and charged with tampering with government records.

More seriously, a mother Hillcrest says that Gilstrap-Portley was in a relationship with her 14-year-old daughter. He was voted the offensive player of the year by all of the district's coaches.

Dallas ISD was tipped off after a former coach recognized him. There's no indication as to how long Gilstrap-Portley would have continued playing if he weren't caught, or whether he would've taken up a new name and come back to play even more high school ball after graduation.

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Sandra Verduzco, a spokeswoman for the communications department of the Dallas Independent School District's Police Department, confirmed to Law&Crime that cops are looking into a "possible improper relationship" between Gilstrap-Portley and a student. "I don't know what, how [the school] let this slip through the cracks". As it was, Rashun Sidney Richardson had traveled an unusual path, to say the least, to become the Panthers' leading scorer, considering that he transferred there in October as a 17-year-old freshman who was a Hurricane Harvey refugee.

This mother said her daughter told her that the two had kissed and he had touched her "inappropriately". It could have gone differently if he had other intentions to hurt her or to traffic her'.

"It was nearly impossible for this to happen, had it not been for Hurricane Harvey", says Dallas IDS Superintendent, Dr. Michael Hinojosa.

"He fooled us. He did", said Christopher Bayer, the principal at Hillcrest High. Because Gilstrap-Portley claimed to be a Hurricane Harvey evacuee, federal law protected him from having to provide documentation about his identity that he may not have possessed. He was taken into custody at the Dallas County Jail but has since been released after posting bail.

'To the parents, I apologize.

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