YUMA, Ariz. – A 22-year-old man accused of posing as a student at two Arizona high schools told authorities that he wanted to play basketball and hoped to get a college scholarship.
Anthony M. Avalos was arrested Wednesday on charges of forgery and sexual conduct with a minor. He remained jailed on more than $110,000 bond.
Police say he attended Kofa High School and Vista Alternative School in Yuma beginning September 2008 and was a center on Kofa's basketball team. Court records show Avalos graduated in 2005 from Crestview High School in Florida.
They also say he admitted to creating a fake birth certificate and used it to enroll in the Yuma schools.
They say Avalos also admitted to having sex with a girl that he knew was under age 18 on at least three different occasions.