Texas Man Who Posed As High School Kid To Play Basketball Gets Probation
For some folks, high school was the highlight of their lives and many dreams of going back and reliving their glory days. Sidney Gilstrap-Portley was bold enough to go for a do-over and ended up in a world of trouble for it.
According to The Dallas Morning News, a then 25-year-old Gilstrap-Portley enrolled at Skyline High School in Dallas in August of 2017 under the fake name Rashun Richardson, claiming to be a 17-year-old homeless Hurricane Harvey evacuee. A few months later, he moved to Hillcrest High and joined the basketball team.
Despite having graduated from North Mesquite High School in 2011, Gilstrap-Portley was able to play several games for Hillcrest and even dated a 14-year-old student. It all came crashing down when one of his former coaches from the school he graduated from recognized him playing in a high school tournament.
Gilstrap-Portley was later arrested and charged with indecency with a child and three counts of tampering with a government record. On Tuesday, he pleads guilty to those charges and was sentenced to 6 years probation for the indecency charge and 5 years probation for the tampering charges. All of the probated sentences will be served concurrently and he must register as a sex offender for 10 years after his probation.
Hope that last run at "glory" was worth it.