Police: 25-year-old poses as hurricane victim, enrolls in high school to play basketball
DALLAS, Texas (WSET) -- A 25-year-old has been arrested for living a double life as a teenager for nine months.
Dallas Police said Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley claimed to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee when he enrolled as a freshman under the name Rashun Richardson at Skyline High School in Dallas, so he could play high school basketball again.
Police said federal law exempts people who claim to be homeless or an evacuee due to a natural disaster from requiring documents they might not have.
He later transferred to Hillcrest High School where he joined the basketball team, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Gilstrap-Portley was named the district's offensive player of the year.
Police said he immersed himself in high school and even dated a 14-year-old classmate.
Officials said his true identity was revealed when one of his former coaches from North Mesquite High School recognized him during a tournament in April.
Coaches at Hillcrest were then tipped off to what was going on.
KXAS reports that school officials notified parents of the incident in a letter on Monday, vowing to review the district's policies.
Gilstrap-Portley was arrested Friday on a charge of tampering with government records and taken into custody at the Dallas County Jail.
Online court records show he was released after posting bail.