05-23-2010, 10:44 AM #1
NC - How high school basketball star conned a town
Last week's "impostor" story still rattles this quiet West Texas community where 22-year-old Guerdwich (pronounced GERD-itch) Montimere passed himself off as Jerry Joseph, a 16-year-old orphan from Haiti.
During his 13 months of deception, he became District 2-5A basketball "Newcomer of the Year" at Odessa Permian High School, attended church twice a week, pulled down solid grades in advanced classes and talked of plans to go to college.
Last week, Montimere was charged with falsifying identification to police, tampering with legal/immigration documents and sexual assault of a 16-year-old Odessa girl when she was 15.
He now faces up to 20 years. To some, he's a con man; to others, a wolf among children.
05-23-2010, 07:39 PM #2
Wow, that is something. I feel for them all.
All kinds of hugs!
05-23-2010, 09:08 PM #3
I'm having trouble with this story----not the fact that he had sexual involvement with a younger girl while he was pretending to be younger himself (it's a given IMO that he knew his real age when he became involved with the younger girl, and also a given imo that he knew it was Wrong for him to be involved with a 15 year old girl).
I am very curious as to what this guy's motivation was.......he obviously was attending high school, doing his homework, doing chores, etc. I just am having trouble reconciling his actions in Odessa with......real criminality? I don't know what to think! He conned an entire community (I lived in Odessa for a short while, and I can tell you, the world over there revolves around the high schools and high school sports) but I am not sure there was criminal intent?
IDK what I think!
05-23-2010, 09:28 PM #4
BUT, he took advantage of many people. The family that took him in (money, trust, caring). The young girl that he was involved with. The community that falsely admired him. He has damaged their trust in fellow man.
In the case of the girl, think of how easily a 22 year old guy could manipulate a 15 year old girl. It's not appropriate. Would I say he was a predator? Probably not.
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05-23-2010, 09:42 PM #5
They don't know who sent the anonymous e-mails? That shouldn't be so difficult to find out. Then again they allowed a full grown man to dupe them.
He certainly did have criminal intent the second he got that birth certificate. He's no orphan either. He has a mother in Florida.
Call out the big guns. You have a grown man with forged ID's running around pretending to be a kid. Plus he's from another country and here illegally? If my kid was in that school I'd be fuming.
Nobody ever thought to check out who this kid was then? I mean man?
05-23-2010, 10:25 PM #6
Permian High officials say suspicions about the player's identity first arose when three Florida basketball coaches familiar with Montimere recognized him last month at an amateur tournament in Little Rock, Ark. The Odessa American reported that the coaches recognized him as Montimere, who graduated from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale in 2007.
Could the 'anonymous' emails have come from those coaches?
05-23-2010, 10:45 PM #7
That coach has alot of 'splainin to do.
Meanwhile I checked and this guy has not only a mom in Florida but an entire family. At least people that are all related. He went to a High School there. This is not a case of some poor guy who never had a chance.
It reminded me in a way of that Wendy Brown lady who posed as her kid so she could be a cheerleader. Not sure what happened to her. I have to check.
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