High school basketball coaches in Texas District 11-5A selected Hillcrest High School's Rashun Richardson as the offensive player of the year.
Last week, he was arrested, the Dallas Morning-News reported, and faces a charge of tampering with government records after it was revealed his name is actually Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley and he's 25 years old.
That story says Gilstrap-Portley claimed to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee and enrolled in August at Skyline High School, using the name Rashun Richardson. He was allowed to register because federal law doesn't require people who are homeless because of a natural disaster to have documents they might not have, NBCDFW.com reported.
“For him to take advantage of the Harvey situation and then the homeless laws and get himself in front of our students, it is frustrating,” Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told NBCDFW.com.
Two months after arriving at Skyline, Gilstrap-Portley enrolled at Hillcrest and joined the basketball team.
The Morning-News notes that officials "believe his primary motivation was to play basketball."
The NBCDFW.com story said Gilstrap-Portley once played basketball at North Mesquite High School in Texas and at Dallas Christian College. He was found out as an imposter when a former basketball coach spotted him at a tournament last month.
According to the Morning-News, the mother of a 14-year-old at Hillcrest High said her daughter began dating Gilstrap-Portley in January. The woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said her daughter didn't have a sexual relationship with Gilstrap-Portley.
"It’s unbelievable to me that he could get away with this," the woman said. "I don’t know what, how (the school) let this slip through the cracks."