Permian High School Imposter Waives Arraignment, Pleads Not Guilty

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The saga of Jerry Joseph, also known as Guerdwich Montimere continues.  According to a press release, Montimere won't be in court for his next scheduled hearing.

Montimere was originally scheduled for arraignment on June 16th on six felony counts.

A spokesperson for Dusty Gallivan, Montimere's court appointed attorney says, on Wednesday, June 8th, the 22-year-old Haitian immigrant waived his arraignment and pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault, three counts of tampering with government records and one count of identity theft.

Montimere is accused of pretending to be 16-year-old Jerry Joseph and playing on the Permian High basketball team.

The sexual assault charges were filed, after a student says she had sex with Montimere in 2009.

Neither ECISD, Permian High School nor the athletic department were found to have done anything wrong in relation to this case.

Montimere's scheme came to light when coaches at an amateur basketball tournament say, they saw and recognized him.  Montimere is said to have graduated from a Florida High school in 2007.