ODESSA, TX (KCBD) - The man that is accused of helping a 21-year-old Guerdwich Montimer enroll as a ninth grader at Nimitz Junior High in 2009 as a 15-year-old has pleaded not guilty to three felony counts.
Jabari Caldwell pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of tampering with government documents and one count of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information Monday afternoon.
Caldwell is accused of helping then 21-year-old Guerdwich Montimer enroll as a 15-year-old ninth grader named Jerry Joseph by claiming that Montimer was his half brother.
Montimer and Caldwell were basketball teammates at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where Montimer graduated in 2007. Montimer, under the name Jerry Joseph, claimed in 2009 he was living with his half-brother Caldwell until Caldwell moved back to Florida that summer and Permian High coach Danny Wright adopted the man posing as a teen.
After former coaches and teammates spotted Montimer at a basketball tournament in Arkansas and his story was found out, Montimer was arrested in May on one count of presenting a false identification to a peace officer, a Class B misdemeanor, then again on felony tampering with a governmental document. He posted bond on both charges.
Montimer was arrested again in early June, charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child in connection with having sex with a 15-year-old girl while he was 21. Montimer has since remained in custody on bonds totaling $75,000.
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