22 Year Old Posing as 16 Year Old Faces Sexual Assault Charges

| by Alex Groberman

If your check the comments section of the first article related to Guerdwich Montimer, you’ll see our readers saw this story coming from a mile away.  

The 22 year old man accused of posing as a high school basketball star in a Texas school was charged with sexual assault Friday after an underage girl reported having a sexual relationship with him. The girl claims that she had sex with Montimer last summer when she thought he was a teenager.

Montimer was arrested for the third time in four days when a 16-year-old girl in Odessa informed police that she had sex with him last August. Odessa police Cpl. Sherrie Carruth said the girl told police that she slept with him under the impression that he was a 15-year-old named Jerry Joseph.

Officials say Montimer enrolled in junior high school, and later Permian High School last year, with a fake birth certificate. Authorities became suspicious about Montimer when coaches at an amateur basketball tournament said that they recognized Joseph as Montimer, a graduate from a Florida high school.

Montimer was being held in jail Friday on a $50,000 bond, according to a court affidavit released Friday.

Montimer was originally arrested on Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of failing to identify himself to police officers. He was then arrested again on Thursday on a third-degree felony charge of tampering with a government document.

A jail official told reporters Friday that there was no information about whether Montimer had an attorney.

The sexual assault charge, a second-degree felony, carries a sentence of anywhere from two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Montimer has been accused of “intentionally and knowingly engaging in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old juvenile and portraying himself to be 15 years old when he was actually 21 years of age” according to an Odessa police official.

His last name had been widely reported by reporters as Montimere, but an affidavit released Thursday had several references to official documentation with Montimer, the spelling used by Odessa police.