DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A man who authorities said was dating a 14-year-old girl while posing as a Dallas ISD high school student has pled guilty to third-degree indecency and records tampering.
Sidney Gilstrap-Portley, 26, was arrested last year after authorities found that he was enrolled at Hillcrest High School under the guise of 17-year-old Rashun Richardson. He also played for the school’s basketball team.
According to authorities, Gilstrap-Portley had claimed he was displaced by Hurricane Harvey and was able to exploit a district policy for disaster victims.
He was originally arrested for tampering with government records in May 2018, but it was later discovered that he was also dating a 14-year-old student. He was later charged with indecency with a child.
On Tuesday, the man pled guilty to both charges and received probation as penalty. It was also ruled that he must register as a sex offender for 10 years.
After the guilty plea, Gilstrap-Portley said very little about his admission or why he had decided to pose as a teenager at the high school. He offered a quick apology after his lawyer spoke for him.
“…he has taken responsibility for his actions and very remorseful. It’s an emotional thing for all parties involved,” attorney Nigel Redmond said.