25-year-old man arrested for posing as Texas high school athlete

25-year-old posed as teen to play high school basketball: officials

25-year-old posed as teen to play high school basketball: officials

Fully immersing himself in the high-school scene, Gilstrap-Portley went as far as to date a 14-year-old classmate.

That story says Gilstrap-Portley claimed to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee and enrolled in August at Skyline High School, using the name Rashun Richardson.

Sidney Gilstrap-Portley, a.k.a. Rashun Richardson, plays in a playoff basketball game for Hillcrest high School.

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.

The Dallas ISD superintendent says the "perfect storm" that led to this involved an actual storm: Gilstrap-Portley reportedly said he'd been left homeless by Hurricane Harvey and came to Dallas alone.

Hillcrest principal Chris Bayer sent a letter to students and parents on Tuesday that said the school immediately notified the district and local authorities once it "became aware of a student enrolled at our school under false pretenses claiming to be a displaced Hurricane Harvey victim".

It wasn't until one of his former coaches, from North Mesquite, spotted him at a tournament in April, that his plan was foiled.

"Gilstrap-Portley played for Randall until 2011 when he graduated from North Mesquite". 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.

The woman said she only learned about the new accusation when a detective called her on Monday. It was revealed that he was an imposter when his former basketball coach recently saw him playing for a high school team, the source said.

And the mother of his 14 year-old ex-girlfriend hit out at the deception, saying: 'I don't know...how (the school) let this slip through the cracks.

'If it's happening at Hillcrest, then it could be happening somewhere else. People need to know. He was arrested Friday. "This is a unique situation that shows us areas that need improving when we open our doors to students in times of need".

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