Texas man, 25, poses as Harvey evacuee, stars for HS hoops team

25-year-old posed as teen to play high school basketball: officials

25-year-old posed as teen to play high school basketball: officials

As reported by Dana Branham, Claire Ballor and Julieta Chiquillo, the 25-year-old began the 2017-18 school year at Skyline High School "claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee" named Rashun Richardson, then transferred to Hillcrest in October to join the basketball team. Still, Hinojosa empathizes with parents' concerns: "You send your kid to be safe at school and to participate in extracurricular activities and this should not happen".

He says that Gilstrap-Portley wanted to relive his athletic glory days, so he pretended to be a Hurricane Harvey victim and re-enrolled in high school. Spokesperson Robyn Harris said he told them he was homeless and had come to Dallas alone from Houston.

"You couldn't actually script that, somehow it fell into his lap that he was able to pull that off", Hinojosa says.

Last month, Gilstrap-Portley was arrested and charged with tampering with government records. The woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said her 14-year-old knew the man as Rashun Richardson and thought he was 17. However, he told officials at Hillcrest he was homeless and made no mention of being a hurricane victim.

For now, the district is leaving the future of Gilstrap-Portley in law enforcement's hands. "I don't know ... how [the school] let this slip through the cracks", she tells the Morning News.

"I knew the young man".

"It's unbelievable to me that he could get away with this", she said.


Dallas ISD was tipped off after a former coach recognized him.

She says district officials believe Gilstrap-Portley's primary motivation was to play basketball. According to the daughter, she did not have a sexual relationship with Gilstrap-Portley, whom the mother never met but had spoken to on the phone.

"He was popular. A lot of the girls liked him and he was giving her attention, though", the mother told FOX4. In fact, he didn't talk about high school at all.

To fans of Hillcrest High's varsity basketball team, its new star player must have seemed like a gift from above.

His scheme was discovered when one of Gilstrap-Portley's former coaches, who witnessed him graduate from North Mesquite High School, saw him playing in an April tournament and alerted the Hillcrest staff.

"Because I was the one that helped him look around during his first day", Dosso recalled.

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