DALLAS (CBS) - Hillcrest High School basketball’s newest guard turned quite a few heads this season in Dallas.
It wasn’t unprecedented for Rashun Richardson to sometimes drop 30 or more points in a game. He led his team to the playoffs this winter and even earned the title of district offensive player of the year.
There was just one problem. Authorities say the supposedly 17-year-old was actually 25-year-old Sidney Gilstrap-Portley, eager for another shot at athletic glory.
"He fooled us. He did," said Christopher Bayer, the principal at Hillcrest High. "It's painful to even say that because it hurts in both ways."
Bayer said the news felt like a slap in the face, because students accepted him and staff tried to support him after hearing a horrible story.
Gilstrap-Portley had told officials he was a refugee of Hurricane Harvey and homeless. In those situations, Dallas school superintendent Michael Hinojosa says the district may wave ID requirements.
After nine months in the Dallas school system, one of Gilstrap-Portley's former coaches tipped off authorities.
"This was a thirst that he had and he put everything at risk for himself and for us to live this charade," said Hinojosa.
Last month, Gilstrap-Portley was arrested and charged with tampering with government records. But investigators are also looking into reports that he had a 14-year-old girlfriend. He is now out on bond.