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25-year-old homeless man poses as high school student to play basketball again

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KHQ.COM - A high school student who says he loves basketball is behind bars, not for fighting, not for stealing, but for being 25-years-old.

The Dallas man said he was made homeless by Hurricane Harvey last summer.

So the Dallas Independent School District enrolled Sidney Bouvier Ggilstrap-Portley last August as a freshman at a high school under the name Rashun Richardson.

Two months later he transferred to Hillcrest High School and joined the basketball team.

He's charged with a  felony of tampering with government records.

Federal law exempts people who claim to be homeless or an evacuee due to a natural disaster from requiring documents they might not have and for that reason Gilstrap-Portley, was one of more than a hundred students who were admitted to Hillcrest High School after Hurricane Harvey with no prior school records required and no questions asked.

As it turns out, not only is he 25, but he graduated in 2011 as a star basketball player and he even tried out for a semi-pro basketball team.

Gilstrap-Portley is not the only one being penalized, so is the team. The minimum penalty for using ineligible players is forfeiture of the games where the player participated.

If published reports are true that he dated a student at the high school, he could be facing more charges.

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