They say your school days are the best days of your life.
But for one 25-year-old man dealing with grades, girls and b-ball games one time was not enough.
Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley posed as a high school student so he could relive his old glory days on the basketball courts, police say.
He May Have Attended Up To Three Schools
He attended Dallas area high schools for nine months, pretending to be a 17-year-old.
Authorities say he could have attended up to three different schools.
Gilstrap-Portley was finally caught out after being spotted by one of his old coaches and was swiftly arrested.
He faces a charge of tampering with government records, the Dallas News reports.
He Claimed To Be A Hurricane Harvey Refugee
Gilstrap-Portley originally graduated from North Mesquite high school in 2011.
He had a relatively successful college basketball career as a guardsmen for the Dallas Christian College between 2013 and 2014. But he went undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft.
Unwilling to give up on his dreams, he decided to attend Skyline High School – just over six miles away from his old high school.
Under the alias Rashun Richardson, he began the school year claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee.
At the time, the school had opened its doors to hurricane evacuees who had often lost their transcripts and personal records.
‘He took that as an opportunity to gain access to our schools,’ Dallas ISD spokeswoman Robyn Harris said. ‘He was fairly savvy to be able to utilize that type of position, knowing that we were accepting Harvey students.’
He May Have Dated An Underage Girl
In October, he moved to Hillcrest High School, telling officials he was homeless and had moved to Dallas because of Harvey.
Officials believe his main motivation was to join the basketball team and Gilstrap-Portley became a star player for Hillcrest for the 2017-18 season.
His MySpace page full of photos of him on the court with captions such as, ‘No one can come between me and my first love…basketball,’ and ‘jus got dne f*ckin wit da college hoopers need competition’.
But things allegedly took a sinister turn after a parent claimed while he was at the school, he also dated her 14-year-old daughter.
‘It’s unbelievable to me that he could get away with this,’ she said. ‘I don’t know what, how [the school] let this slip through the cracks.’
The mom says the couple never had a sexual relationship, but she’d been concerned about her daughter dating a 17-year-old. She only spoke to Gilstrap-Portley over the phone and says he was ‘respectful’ to her.
He Was Caught After He Was Recognized By A Former Coach
She only learned the truth when a detective called her this week.
‘I’m upset, frustrated, angry and sad at the same time,’ she said. ‘If it’s happening at Hillcrest, then it could be happening somewhere else. People need to know. It could have gone differently if he had other intentions to hurt her or to traffic her.’
Gilstrap-Portley was finally caught after one of his former coaches from North Mesquite High School recognized him when they saw him playing at a tournament in April.
Coaches and staff from his former school were shocked to learn of the deception, calling the student a ‘good kid.’
Gilstrap-Portley was arrested on Friday night and has since posted bond.