A 25-year-old man who impersonated a teenager to attend high school and play basketball was slapped with a new charge in the case, this time on allegations he had inappropriate contact with an underage girl.
Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley was arrested on Tuesday and charged with indecency with a child — a second degree felony. He bailed out on Friday, according to court records cited by KXAS-TV in Fort Worth.
Gilstrap-Portley was allegedly dating a 14-year-old girl while he was pretending to be a student at Hillcrest High School in Dallas. The two met when through a mutual friend at the school, police said, according to an affidavit cited by the Dallas Morning News, when Gilstrap-Portley went by the name Rashun Richardson. He was so committed to the ruse he tattooed the name "Rashun" to his hand.
The girl believed he was in tenth grade and said he was a really good basketball player. Gilstrap-Portley then gave the girl his Snapchat information, police said, and they started talking. They would message and talk on the phone and spend time together at school, and sometimes leave campus to eat at McDonald's.
"One day, while she and the suspect were walking through the locker room, the suspect asked her to kiss him and so she did," police said, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Things started to escalate from there. He allegedly kissed her in a car and touched her breast over her clothes, police said.
He eventually asked her to have sex, but she declined, cops said. Gilstrap-Portley was originally arrested in May on charges of tampering with government records. He enrolled in the school by saying he was a victim of Hurricane Harvey — taking advantage of a law that allowed students affected by the disaster to attend school if they’d been adversely affected by the tragedy. He did well on the basketball court — and almost made it a whole season before a former coach at North Mesquite High School, where Gilstrap-Portley originally attended high school, recognized him playing in a tournament.
"One of my former players who graduated a time ago is playing for you," a Mesquite high school coach told the coach at Hillcrest, according to the Dallas Morning News.
[Photo: Dallas County Jail]