Gilstrap-Portloy Gets Six Years Probation

Sydney Gilstrap-Portloy, a 26-year-old who posed as a high school student at Hillcrest in 2018 and dated a 14-year-old, has agreed to a plea deal and received six years probation, per officials.

Gilstrap-Portloy was charged with three counts of indecency with a child and one count of tampering with government officials. He will not serve any time behind bars.

Gilstrap-Portloy must register as a sex offender and the judge told him that he is not allowed to have “any contact whatsoever” with the 14-year-old going forth.

“You are not to call, text, send an Instagram message or a tweet, a message in a bottle, a carrier pigeon, or a telegraphic thought,” the judge told him at sentencing.

Upon returning to Hillcrest in 2018 to relive his basketball glory days, he began a relationship with the 14-year-old girl, according to police. Gilstrap-Portloy felt the girls’ breasts above her clothes, and asked to have sex with her. The girl declined.

The 26-year-old was caught by a high school basketball coach he played under in 2011, at a game between his former and present school.

More could come from this case in the future, as the girls’ mother is pursuing legal action against Dallas ISD.

A registration slip allowed Gilstrap-Portloy the opportunity to enroll at Hillcrest due to the then-25-year-old’s claim that he was a homeless victim of Hurricane Harvey. Dallas ISD, at the time, was lenient in allowing homeless or displaced students to enroll.

However, Gilstrap-Portloy’s plan was always centered on basketball: Play a few years of high school ball, then travel overseas to play professionally.

With his plan thwarted and a probation tag, Gilstrap-Portloy is reportedly attempting to launch a rap career.

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Timothy Glaze

A journalism graduate of the University of North Texas, Tim has called Dallas home his entire life. He has covered news, schools, sports, and politics in Lake Dallas, Denton, Plano, Allen, Little Elm, and Dallas since 2009 for several publications - The Lake Cities Sun, The Plano Star Courier, the Denton Record Chronicle, and now, People Newspapers. He lives in Denton County with his wife and three dogs.

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