TAMPA - Among the thousands of students who started school in Hillsborough County this week was a 21-year-old man who tried to pass himself off as a 14-year-old boy, according to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office.
Julious Threatts attempted to enroll at Webb Middle School as Chad Jordan, a 14-year-old runaway, and identified himself as Jordan to a Hillsborough County deputy and a Child Protective Investigator, according to his arrest affidavit.
Detectives figured out who he was after Threatts mother called his cell phone during the investigation, the report states.
He was already on probation for several counts of burglary. Threatts, who was arrested Tuesday for trespassing on school grounds, obstruction by a disguised person, as well as violating his probation, is being held at the Faulkenburg Road Jail without bond.
"Chad Jordan" is listed among Threatts' aliases on his previous arrests, according to jail records.
Threatts also registered at a Tampa youth football league, and played in game last week, the league's officials said.
He was perfectly nice at youth football practice, his coach said. He never made any trouble. But still, "There just was a lot of stuff that wasn't adding up, you know?" said Ray McCloud, coach of the Town 'N' Country Packers.
McCloud's instincts were right.
"He really acted like a kid," McCloud said. "My son is 13, and my son was hanging out with him, and (Threatts) acted more immature than (my son)."
It's unclear how long Threatts pretended to be a teenager or why he did it.
Scott Levinson, president of the football league, said Threatts played for the now defunct West Coast Youth Football Conference last year, trained again during the spring and then joined the Tampa Bay league at the beginning of this season.
"He played in other leagues. He worked out with Pop Warner for weeks. He slept at coaches' houses at Pop Warner at West Coast Youth Football League. Honestly, he's done this a lot."Levinson said.
The person he knew as Chad Jordan turned in all the necessary registration paperwork, including a copy of his birth certificate, which officials believe he forged.
"He duped everyone," Levinson said.
Threatts, who is 5-11 and 160 pounds, only played with the Packers for the season's first game on Aug. 21. Coach McCloud thought it was odd that "Chad" kept his helmet on even when the game was over. "Like he was hiding," McCloud said.
Parents were caught completely off-guard after learning who "Chad" really was.
"You are kidding me." was Shamina Wilson's response, "Find him a semi-pro team if he wants to play that bad or something."
McCloud said Threatts told the team that his parents had died in a car accident and he was being raised by an older brother. "It was like a movie," McCloud said.
The coach began to investigate, asking around to see if anyone knew who "Chad" really was.
Finally, he found someone who knew the truth. A friend from Threatt's neighborhood told McCloud that while Threatt's father died in a car accident in St. Petersburg last year, his mother was alive, McCloud said.
McCloud found Threatt's Facebook page, which lists his mother as Debra Miller. It also says Threatts graduated from Leto High School.
The day before his arrest, Threatts posted a rather cryptic comment on his Facebook page, saying "Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, does protect you from age."
There is a link to his YouTube channel, which features him reading a poem he wrote called "GOD...", and to his Twitter account. The most recent post was on July 26: "just got home. Had a good practice today! Can't wait till tomorrow."
McCloud and the other coaches confronted Threatts, and he denied everything.
"After all the stuff that I found out, he still had me second guessing myself," McCloud said. "That's how good he was."
A couple days later, Threatts went to D. W. Webb Middle School on Hanley Road to register for classes, but he showed up without his parents or the necessary paperwork, said Steve Hegarty, a School District spokesman. He told school officials he was homeless, so the school brought in social workers from the Department of Children and Families.
Hegarty said Threatts was sent to the cafeteria for a snack while officials tried to figure out where he belonged.
Coincidentally, Hegarty and the school's principal, Marcos Murillo, were walking through the lunchroom at the same time. Murillo remarked to Hegarty that Threatts "looked too old to be in middle school... I don't think he's 14 years old," Hegarty recalled the principal saying.
Threatts then went to the school social workers' office with a school resource deputy. During the investigation, Threatts' cell phone rang. One of the officials picked it up and asked who was on the line, according to an arrest affidavit. The caller said she was Threatt's mother, and authorities were finally able to piece together his identity.
He was never enrolled at school, Hegarty said, and was arrested later that day. McCloud said