Did he just want to play basketball that badly?
Befitting the subject, this story has been plagiarized from various sources.
And composed in a telegraphic sportsmanlike style.
High school sports has long been extremely popular in Texas.
Permian High School is a public high school located in Odessa, Texas.
The high school’s football team was the subject of the book Friday Night Lights.
That inspired a movie and hit TV series of the same name.
The basketball team is also popular.
They’re named the Permian Panthers.
Jerry Joseph was a basketball player on the Permian High School team.
Some coaches from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, saw him play.
They said the 16-year-old was really a 22-year-old named Guerdwich Montimere.
Officials investigated, and ruled that Jerry Joseph and Guerdwich Montimere were not the same person.
But they did determine that Joseph, who is from Haiti, was in the United States illegally.
Jerry Joseph’s story was that he fled Haiti after a hurricane in 2008 and enrolled in Permian High School.
Joseph was staying with Danny Wright and his family since the end of 2009.
Wright was his basketball coach.
The coach had been made Joseph’s legal guardian until an immigration hearing could be held.
Joseph was allowed to stay in the United States.
Coaches from Dillard High School saw Joseph at a tournament.
They said they were 100% sure he was the same person.
They said he was a 22-year-old player and a former basketball star at Fort Lauderdale’s Dillard High School.
Who had already graduated in 2007.
One of the coaches, Cedric Smith, said: "We saw him. We’ve known Guerdwich since he was in seventh or eighth grade. The mannerisms were him. It doesn’t make sense. They have to do more investigations for me."
Jerry Jones had led the Permian High basketball team to the state playoffs as a star sophomore.
Coach Danny Wright said he wanted to adopt Joseph.
Then it was discovered that Jerry Jones, age 16, was actually Guerdwich Montimere, age 22.
He had enrolled at Permian High School in Odessa for the 2009-2010 academic year.
A few years ago, he was a star high school player in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Guerdwich Montimere told his basketball coach, Danny Wright, that he was homeless.
Wright had taken him in to his home.
Montimere was arrested and jailed.
He was charged with presenting false identification.
"I feel like I was hit by a ton of bricks," district athletic director Leon Fuller said. "In my 50 years in education, I’ve never heard of anything like this."
Coach Danny Wright is angry that Montimere was so deceiving.
"This affected a lot of people. The whole school of Permian embraced that kid. He deceived us and played on everyone’s emotions," Wright said. "It was a very selfish act," Wright said. "I gave him all the opportunities in the world to come clean."
At Mission Dorado Baptist Church, where framed photos of Permian athletes, touting accomplishments, rested on tables, the focus was positive.
"I want people to know we still love Jerry," pastor Philip J. Skelton said after an hour-long Bible study attended by a few dozen. "We prayed for him this evening. I really have nothing else to say."
There had been hope that Montimere would return to the weekly Bible study where he had become a regular.
Guerdwich Montimere could receive six months in jail and be fined $2,500.
Montimere averaged more than 20 points a game in Permian’s final nine games and was named the District 2-5A Newcomer of the Year.
That honor was stripped away, and the Panthers forfeited their 16 wins.
School district spokesman Mike Atkins said: "We’re dealing with the aftermath of this and reviewing it again to see if we could’ve done anything different to identify an impostor like this."
Coach Wright said: "My biggest thing is I stand on a principle when it comes to dealing with kids. You tell me the truth and I’ll do anything I can to assist you in anyway. When you lie to me, I can’t believe anything you have to say… I got burnt…"
Permian principal Roy Garcia said: "I feel sick, but now that we’ve gotten the truth we can move on from here."
A 16-year-old girl came forward.
The girl told police and school district officials she had sex with Guerdwich Montimere when she was a 15-year-old and thought he was 15-year-old Jerry Joseph.
He was not 15 years old.
Sexual assault of a child is a second-degree felony which carries punishment of two to 20 years.
Montimere was put in jail on a $50,000 bond.