DALLAS, TX – A 25-year-old man is in trouble with the law after authorities allege he posed as a 17-year-old to enroll in a Dallas, Texas high school.
Authorities say Sidney Gilstrap-Portley lied to district officials about being displaced by Hurricane Harvey to enroll at Hillcrest high school back in August.
The school’s principal says Gilstrap-Portley was a member of the basketball team.
"I was at basketball games. I saw him in the hallway we saw him here and there. The natural appearance of him did not send up a red flag. It’s difficult to try to even fathom that it even happened," said Chris Bayer, principal.
Gilstrap-Portley was allegedly caught by a former coach of his who saw him play at a high school tournament last month.
He’s charged with felony tampering of government records for allegedly claiming to be a displaced Harvey evacuee.
Police are also investigating whether he had a relationship with a 14-year-old-girl.
The Dallas School District says it will now review its policy on welcoming disaster victims to the district in the wake of what happened.