The woman, who did not wish to be named, told the Dallas Morning News that she was uncomfortable with what she thought was a three-year age gap relationship - and insists her daughter did not have sex with Gilstrap-Portley, who is himself a father. By that time, he had attended Dallas schools for almost nine months and was even named the District 11-5A Offensive Player of the Year. He faces a charge of tampering with government records. It was revealed that he was an imposter when his former basketball coach recently saw him playing for a high school team, the source said.
DISD officials say Gilstrap-Portley gained access to schools at a time when the district had opened its doors to hurricane evacuees. "During that time, an individual used that opportunity for personal gain", district spokeswoman Robyn Harris told WFAA.
"It's unbelievable to me that he could get away with this", she said.
"We have some liberal policies for homeless students, but he knew that". "I don't know what, how [the school] let this slip through the cracks".
The mother of the 14-year-old girl who spoke with reporters anonymously said she was stunned Gilstrap-Portley was able to keep up the charade for most of the school year. "If it's happening at Hillcrest, then it could be happening somewhere else".
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Berman's remarks echoed arguments that Atilla's defense attorney Victor Rocco made throughout last year's trial. The wealthy Zarrab, arrested a year before Atilla, initially attracted considerable attention to the case.
"He was a good kid", Phillip Randall, who had previously coached Gilstrap-Portley at North Mesquite, told The Dallas Morning News. After learning about this situation, we immediately notified district and local authorities and necessary actions have been taken.
Sidney claimed to be from Houston and he was displaced because of Hurricane Harvey.
The school administrator apologized to parents and said the district would work to prevent a similar situation in the future.
"We need to make sure we follow better protocols to try and prevent this from happening, but unfortunately this was nearly like a flawless storm", Hinojosa told the paper. "You send your kid to be safe at school and to participate in extracurricular activities and this should not happen".