Permian High School to Forfeit Basketball Games

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - From a winning record to a complete loss.

Permian High School is forfeiting all their boys basketball wins this season.

That's after it turned out their star player was actually a 22-year-old man from Florida.

On Thursday afternoon, the District 2-5A Executive Committee agreed to accept the Panthers self-imposed sanctions.

The team posted a 16-13 season, with a first round playoff loss that featured Guerdwich Montimer posing as a 16-year old Haitian orphan named Jerry Joseph.

Montimer as Joseph also won the district's newcomer of the year award, that award will be stripped away.

This decision, accepted at the district level, can still be reviewed the state executive committee.

This is just the latest fall-out surrounding the Montimer case.

Just last week, Montimer, who is actually a naturalized citizen from Florida, confessed to his charade and was arrested.

He is facing multiple charges including falsifying government documents and sexual assault.

He remains in the Ector County jail on a $50,000 bond.