25-year-old posed as teen to play high school basketball

Tanya Simon
May 17, 2018

He was eventually caught after one of Gilstrap-Portley's former coaches remembered he saw him graduate from North Mesquite High School, so he alerted officials.

"We have some liberal policies for homeless students, but he knew that".

Gilstrap-Portley, who apparently had a moderately successful stint as a guard for Dallas Christian College's basketball team from 2013-2014, got his wish when he landed a starting role on Hillcrest's team.

The faux high school star faces a charge of tampering with government records, per the News. By that time, he had attended Dallas schools for almost nine months and was even named the District 11-5A Offensive Player of the Year.

His bogus persona was finally revealed after Phillip Randal, one of his former coaches from North Mesquite High School, had recognized him during a tournament he was involved in.

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And the mother of his 14 year-old ex-girlfriend hit out at the deception, saying: 'I don't know...how (the school) let this slip through the cracks. She says she would never have allowed her daughter to date a 25-year old man.

DALLAS (AP) - Police say a 25-year-old man posed as a 17-year-old Hurricane Harvey evacuee at Dallas high schools for nine months in order to compete on the basketball court.

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. After learning about this situation, we immediately notified district and local authorities and necessary actions have been taken.

"We believe it is absolutely essential that every young person, especially in times of great difficulty, feels safe and secure, and that was the guiding principle when we were welcoming students displaced by the hurricane", Bayer said. This is a unique situation that shows us areas that need improving when we open our doors to students in times of need.

He told NBC5: 'We need to make sure we follow better protocols to try and prevent this from happening, but unfortunately this was nearly like a ideal storm.

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