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25-year-old posed as Harvey evacuee, enrolled in Texas high school

Suspect played basketball, dated 14-year-old

DALLAS, Texas (KETK) - A 25-year-old man is facing charges for reportedly posing as a freshman student at Dallas Independent School District's Skyline and Hillcrest high schools.

According to NBC 5,  Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, 25, posed as a Hurricane Harvey evacuee and enrolled in SHS, before moving to HHS, where he joined the basketball team and dated a 14-year-old classmate.

NBC 5 reports investigators said he enrolled under the name Rashun Richardson.

Gilstrap-Portley's former basketball coach, North Mesquite's Phillip Randall, tipped off district officials when the player was spotted at a basketball tournament on April 30.

According to Coach Randall, Gilstrap-Portley played for him until he graduated from NMHS in 2011.

Dallas ISD police say they implemented a security plan at the high school to ensure Gilstrap-Portley didn't re-enter the school after his identity was discovered, according to NBC 5.

He was arrested over the weekend for tampering with government records, but has since bonded out of jail.

In 2014, a similar incident took place in East Texas,

Charity Johnson, then 31, served 29 days in jail after posing as a 15-year-old student to attend New Life Christian School. She was charged with failing to identify and giving fictitious information. She pleaded guilty and was released on time served.

Johnson, now 35-years-old, told KETK at the time she was looking for someone to love her. Johnson was taken in by a couple after telling them she had no family.

"I'm just a normal person, like any other normal person, trying to pursue her education, get her education and make it through life and be a better person," she told KETK.


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