Dallas high school basketball star was actually 25-year-old man

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Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, 25, was arrested on Friday after posing as a 17-year-old Hurricane Harvey victim and high-school freshman for roughly nine months, and starring for a high-school basketball team, per The Dallas Morning News.

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

While attending the school, Gilstrap-Portley also reportedly dated a 14-year-old student, the Dallas Morning News noted.

High school basketball coaches in Texas District 11-5A selected Hillcrest High School's Rashun Richardson as the offensive player of the year.

But it was the first day of the second semester that stands out, especially for Issomala Dosso who was asked to give Gilstrap-Portley a tour of the school.

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

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

"We have some liberal policies for homeless students, but he knew that", Hinojosa said. There's no indication as to how long Gilstrap-Portley would have continued playing if he weren't caught, or whether he would've taken up a new name and come back to play even more high school ball after graduation.

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The phoney high-schooler was eventually arrested for tampering with government records.

The 25-year old resurfaced October 27 when he enrolled at Hillcrest and played on the basketball team. "I never had any problem out of him".

This mother said her daughter told her that the two had kissed and he had touched her "inappropriately".

Gilstrap-Portley's ruse was finally uncovered when one of his former coaches saw him playing and notified officials stating "one of my former players who graduated a time ago is playing for you".

'If it's happening at Hillcrest, then it could be happening somewhere else.

The woman also said that while she did not approve of her 14-year-old daughter dating Gilstrap-Portley who pretended to be 17 years old. People need to know. "After the initial shock wore off, my heart hurt - and the staff's hearts", said principal Chris Bayer. He flew under the radar until a former coach at North Mesquite High School recognized him as a former player.

Ah, high school. So many memories.

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