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Man Arrested for Posing as High School Athlete

Posted/updated on: May 17, 2018 at 12:35 pm
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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. Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley was arrested Friday. He faces a charge of tampering with government records. Dallas school district officials say Gilstrap-Portley first enrolled at Skyline High School and later moved to Hillcrest High School, where he joined the basketball team. District spokeswoman Robyn Harris says Gilstrap-Portley took advantage of schools opening their doors to students displaced by the storm. She says district officials believe Gilstrap-Portley’s primary motivation was to play basketball. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa apologized to parents. He says the district will work to prevent a similar situation in the future. An attorney wasn’t listed for Gilstrap-Portley in online records as of Wednesday.


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