“Teen” not who he said he was
Jerry Joseph wanted to go back to high school and relive his dream of being a star athlete. He enrolled at Permian High School* in Texas and quickly became a starter on the varsity basketball team, playing center and forward. The 6′ 5″ sophomore led his team to the state play-offs.
The 16-year-old’s ruse ended in April, 2010, when several Florida coaches recognized him at a tournament. They remembered a former player named Guerdwich Montimere, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti who graduated from a Florida high school in 2007. When confronted by school and immigration authorities in May, 2010, Jerry admitted that he really was 22-year-old Guerdwich Montimere.
Guerdwich was arrested and charged with failure to properly identify himself to a police officer. The charge is a misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $2500 fine. So much for living the dream. His school had to forfeit 16 victories won with Guerdwich as a player. In July, 2011, Guerdwich was sentenced to three years in prison for two counts of sexual assault. He admitted to having sex with a fifteen year old while at the high school.
Lying to a police officer [false reporting] is a crime in most states. It doesn’t have to be about evidence or a crime that you witnessed. Just giving a false name or age is a criminal act that can land you before a judge.
*Permian High School was the inspiration for the book and TV series “Friday Night Lights.”