Texas man, 25, poses as Harvey evacuee, stars for HS hoops team

17 May, 2018, 01:18 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Sidney Gilstrap-Portley

His true identity was discovered when his ex-basketball coach at another area high school spotted him playing a high school tournament and recognized him from many years earlier.

Gilstrap-Portley, who is now out on bond and facing charges of tampering with government records, is also reported to have a young child.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, told the Dallas Morning News that she was uncomfortable with what she thought was a three-year age gap relationship - and insists her daughter did not have sex with Gilstrap-Portley, who is himself a father.

After Gilstrap-Portley was exposed, a school board spokesperson said it will be reviewing its homeless student policies.

A "savvy" 25-year-old gamed the Dallas school system and posed as a high school student, all apparently so he could play some basketball, officials say. He attended Dallas Christian College between 2013 and 2014, where he played guard on the school's Division II basketball team and eventually went undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft. "I don't know what, how [the school] let this slip through the cracks".

"I'm upset, frustrated, angry and sad at the same time", she said. It could have gone differently if he had other intentions to hurt her or to traffic her'.

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The coach then got in touch with his counterpart at Hillcrest to inform him that "one of my former players who graduated a time ago is playing for you", according to Harris.

"This school year our district welcomed evacuees displaced by Hurricane Harvey".

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".

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

"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", Hinojosa told NBC5.

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