While many people imagine reliving their high school glory days, one 25-year-old man actually attempted to make it happen. Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, according to police, was posing as a student and even secured a position on the boys’ basketball team. He also may have had inappropriate contact with an underage girl.
Gilstrap-Portley enrolled himself as a student at Skyline High School in Dallas, pretending to be a victim of Hurricane Harvey, according to a report by Fox News. He then transferred to Hillcrest High School, this time claiming he was homeless and making no mention of being a hurricane victim.
“Unfortunately, this was a perfect storm,” said Michael Hinojosa, the superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District. “When we had the issue of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston-area, he took advantage of that and portrayed himself as a victim of that event and enrolled himself in one of our schools.”
Hinojosa also stated that the district has “liberal policies” when enrolling homeless students, and that leniency allowed Gilstrap-Portley to enroll. He used the name Rashaun Richardson and claimed to be 17 years old.
The mother of a 14-year-old girl, who was a student at Hillcrest, said that Gilstrap-Portley inappropriately touched her daughter as he was becoming popular.
She said that her daughter informed her that Gilstrap-Portley kissed and touched her, but that there wasn’t a sexual relationship.
“He was popular,” said the girl’s mother. “A lot of the girls liked him, and he was giving her attention, though.”
She didn’t suspect that Gilstrap-Portley was actually an adult until she was approached by a detective on Monday, learning he may have been attempting to relive his time as a high school athlete. He actually graduated from North Mesquite High School in 2001.
“I’m upset, frustrated, angry, and sad at the same time,” said the mother. “If it’s happening at Hillcrest, then it could be happening somewhere else. People need to know. It could have gone differently if he had other intentions to hurt her or to traffic her.
Gilstrap-Portley was taken into police custody and charged with felony tampering with government documents based on filing false enrollment records.
Law enforcement is investigating his alleged relationship with the girl.