Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

25-year-old enrolled, played basketball at Dallas ISD's Hillcrest High School

25-year-old enrolled, played basketball at Dallas ISD's Hillcrest High School

Gilstrap-Portley appears to have played basketball for the Dallas Christian Crusaders of the National Christian College Athletic Association during the 2013-14 season after graduating from North Mesquite High School in 2011.

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley told officials at Skyline High School that he was homeless, displaced by Hurricane Harvey before he enrolled for classes.

Gilstrap-Portley faces charges of tampering with government records, and has been bailed. Police booked him into the Dallas County Jail and has since been released on bond, according to court records.

Gilstrap-Portley was voted the District 11-5A offensive player of the year by high school coaches.

Gilstrap-Portley's deception was finally revealed when one of his former coaches from North Mesquite High School recognized him during a tournament in April.

Gilstrap-Portley was able to pull off his scheme because federal law prohibits schools from requiring supporting documents when a transfer student claims he or she is homeless or an evacuee from a natural disaster.

"It's unbelievable to me that he could get away with this", the unidentified woman said.

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The woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she didn't approve of her daughter's relationship with the man they both knew as the 17-year-old Rashun. "I don't know what, how [the school] let this slip through the cracks".

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. "If it's happening at Hillcrest, then it could be happening somewhere else". Still, the thought of a 25-year old "dating" anyone while posing as a high schooler is terrifying. Her mother told the Dallas Morning News that she is "upset, frustrated and angry at the same time".

'People need to know.

After news of the incident broke, the school administrator sent a letter to parents apologizing, adding that the district would prevent it from happening again, the Dallas Morning-News reported.

"He fooled us. He did", said Christopher Bayer, the principal at Hillcrest High.

Gilstrap-Portley is accused of lying his way to enroll into Skyline High School.

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