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

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

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, who is accused of enrolling at Dallas' Hillcrest High School under the name Rashun Richardson, was charged Friday with tampering with government records and has since been released from the Dallas County Jail, according to the report.

The source said Gilstrap-Portley was discovered as an imposter when his former coach saw him playing for Hillcrest.

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.

A 25-year-old man was arrested after allegedly posing as a Hurricane Harvey evacuee and enrolling as a freshman at a Dallas ISD high school.

"I hadn't heard anything about it", said Christina Lagoda, a parent.

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North Mesquite Head Basketball Coach Phillip Randall was not the one who found him out, but he did help to confirm his identity to Hillcrest once one of the other former coaches had spotted him. The woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said her 14-year-old knew the man as Rashun Richardson and thought he was 17.

Gilstrap-Portley's father said his son has a child and live-in fiance.

Dallas Independent School District superintendent Robyn Harris told the News "that Dallas ISD officials believe his primary motivation was to play basketball, though he (also) told them he was homeless".

"We have no excuses they send their kids to be safe at our schools and if we're not taking care of these things it creates a little doubt", said Hinojosa. 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.

He first enrolled at Skyline, then transferred to Hillcrest High School. "For him to take advantage of the Harvey situation and then the homeless laws and get himself in front of our students, it is frustrating", Hinojosa said. The coach reached out to Hillcrest and informed them that "one of my former players who graduated a time ago is playing for you". Her mother told the Dallas Morning News that she is "upset, frustrated and angry at the same time".