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'17-year-old' basketball star is actually much older, police say

'17-year-old' basketball star is actually much older, police say

Seemingly once every few years, however, one of these nostalgic, past-their-prime former athletes takes things a little too far and actually attempts to compete with high schoolers.

A 25-year-old man was arrested by Texas officials after it was discovered he posed as a 17-year-old in order to enroll in a high school and play on the basketball team. The hurricane's devastation last August included much of the Houston area, and Gilstrap-Portley claimed to have been displaced by it, along with some relatives.

The man, Sidney Gilstrap-Portley, lied to school officials about being displaced a year ago by hurricane Harvey to enroll at Hillcrest High School back in august. Have you ever talked to a 14-year-old girl?

"You have a 25-year-old man with 14-year-old girls in a high school, that's not appropriate", Hinojosa said.

He was arrested and charged with felony tampering with government documents for filing false enrollment records. He was booked into the Dallas County Jail last week and has since bonded out, according to court records. However, this isn't the first time we've seen people in their 20s successfully pose as high schoolers to play sports. A coach there recognized him and contacted Dallas ISD. So much for that.

The mother, who didn't want to share her name or show her face on FOX 4, said the man they all thought was a teen made a play for her daughter.

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He later transferred to Hillcrest High School, where he joined the basketball team and dominated younger players en route to being named the district's offensive player of the year, the Dallas Morning News reports.

School officials informed parents and students of the situation in a letter on Monday and the district has said it will review policies to ensure this doesn't happen again.

"I don't know what, how the school let this slip through the cracks".

"He took that as an opportunity to gain access to our schools", Dallas Independent School District spokeswoman Robyn Harris told the Dallas Morning News.

This mother said her daughter told her that the two had kissed and he had touched her "inappropriately".


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