Texas man, 25, poses as Harvey evacuee, stars for HS hoops team


Texas man, 25, poses as Harvey evacuee, stars for HS hoops team

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.

Gilstrap-Portley fully immersed himself in the high school scene, going so far as to date a 14-year-old classmate, according to the girl's mother.

In October, Gilstrap-Portley transferred to Hillcrest High School, where he was voted the District 11-5A offensive player of the year by coaches.

Not the most glowing assessment, but turns out, aging 7 years was the best thing to happen to Gilstrap-Portley's high school basketball career.

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

"He was like, 'Oh I came from Houston from the hurricane and now we're living in some apartments with my sister and my nephew, '" Morel said.

"We have some liberal policies for homeless students, but he knew that". He originally attempted to do so at Skyline High School, but because he did not have a physical, he could not play at the school.

Gilstrap-Portley faces charges of tampering with government records, and has been bailed.

Gilstrap-Portley even played for the Hillcrest basketball team, the school confirmed. "I never had any problem out of him".

"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. The woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said her daughter didn't have a sexual relationship with Gilstrap-Portley. "I don't know ... how [the school] let this slip through the cracks", she tells the Morning News.

It wasn't until one of his former coaches, from North Mesquite, spotted him at a tournament in April, that his plan was foiled.

"For him to take advantage of the Harvey situation and then the homeless laws and get himself in front of our students, it is frustrating", Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told NBCDFW.com. "It could have gone differently if he had other intentions to hurt her or to traffic her".

I don't understand the desire to go back to high school, myself.