Sunday, May 30, 2010

Records of Texas high school hoops imposter kept secret


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Documents that might show how a 22-year-old Haitian immigrant duped coaches and administrators into thinking he was a 15-year-old student and basketball star will not be released, attorneys for state and local school officials say.

Lawyers for Ector County schools and the University Interscholastic League say the records for Guerdwich Montimer, who is charged with felony sexual assault and false documentation, are protected under federal student privacy laws.

The Associated Press sought records of Montimer's request to be eligible to play basketball at Odessa Permian High School, whose football team and backers inspired the book "Friday Night Lights." The request, which sought letters from Permian coaches and himself to UIL officials, was denied.

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