25-year-old Man Posed as Hurricane Harvey Evacuee Just to Play Basketball

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A high school freshman was arrested last week in Dallas after school officials learned he was actually a 25-year-old man.

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley enrolled at Hillcrest High School in Dallas last November, claiming to be displaced by Hurricane Harvey. According to Dallas ISD, Gilstrap-Portley enrolled in two other high schools before landing at Hillcrest. Going by the name of Rashun Richardson, the man took the school year to star on Hillcrest's basketball team.
Now, Gilstrap-Portley faces charges of tampering with government records.

Dallas ISD welcomed plenty of Hurricane Harvey evacuees, according to spokeswoman Robyn Harris. Gilstrap-Portley was able to get away with his new identity because his claims of being an evacuee meant he didn't need to provide the school with the proper identification documents.

The double life as Rashun Richardson came to halt when Gilstrap-Portley's former coach recognized him at a Hillcrest game. The coach then alerted officials.
Gilstrap-Portley's father told Dallas' WFAA that his son had "mischanneled determination" and that he tried to "rewind" his life due to his passion for basketball.

The 25-year-old may face additional charges. There are allegations that Gilstrap-Portley was dating a 14-year-old student.

Gilstrap-Portley, who has a fiancé and child, was booked into Dallas County Jail last Friday and has since been released.

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