Authorities charge former college football player posing as 14-year-old HS student
In a bizarre story out of Baldwin County, Georgia, a former college football player was charged with falsely posing as a 14-year-old high school student.
A former Atlanta-area prep football star, who later was recruited to play at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, is behind bars after he reportedly posed as a teen and enrolled at Baldwin High School, the Union Recorder reported.
Abay Holmes, 21, is originally from Cobb County. He was taken into custody Tuesday by local authorities. His MaxPreps page said he played at Sprayberry High School in Marietta and graduated in 2017.
Holmes is charged with giving a false name, address, and birthdate to a law enforcement officer, and giving false statements or writings to conceal facts or fraudulent documents, jail records show.
Holmes also has a “hold” placed on him by detectives who are attempting to learn more “the true depth” of the case and whether or not he has been a part of similar activity in the past that might have been illegal, a Sheriff’s office spokesman said.
“They’re still looking into all of that at this time,” a Sheriff’s office spokesman, Maj. Scott Deason said. “Apparently, he convinced a homeowner in this community to let him stay with them because he was 14 and had nowhere else to go. They got ready to put him out, and they called us, and we started doing some investigating.”
Authorities were alerted after he became an unruly juvenile at the home. Deason said the incident led to the fingerprints of the suspect being taken by DFACS and that the prints revealed that he was 21 years old and not 14. Police were called when he tried to take the school-issued laptop with him.
There was reportedly no record of him being enrolled at the school, however, Deason said it was his understanding that Holmes had presented false identification documents to school officials.
When he showed up at the school, Holmes reportedly was told he couldn’t be on campus because he was a virtual student.