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Snapchat’s gender swap filter catches cop allegedly grooming underage girl

Snapchat’s gender swap filter catches cop allegedly grooming underage girl

A student in the San Francisco Bay Area reportedly used Snapchat's gender swap filter to take down a police officer allegedly looking for an underage hookup on Tinder.

Ethan told NBC he thinks the message was "Are you down to have some fun tonight?".

After a friend told him she was sexually assaulted as a child, Ethan, whose last name has not been revealed, set out to lure potential pedophiles into speaking to him on the dating app Tinder. He just happened to be a cop, ' Ethan said.

Robert Davies, a 40-year-old police officer with the City of San Mateo, was arrested Thursday and charged with contacting a minor to commit a felony, the San Jose Police Department said in a press release.

Two days later, detectives with the San Jose Police Department launched a criminal investigation.

The Kik messages included Ester telling Davies she was only 16-years-old. There, he told the police officer he was 16 years old and asked if it bothered him. After texting back and forth with the man for about 12 hours, Ethan reported the messages to the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers hotline, according to NBC Bay Area.

The student turned his phone on airplane mode which stopped alerts to Davies that their conversations were being screenshotted.

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San Jose police looked into it. According to police, screengrabs of the conversation showed it did not bother the suspect.

He also told the Bay Area news outlet that he pressed Davies for bits of information that would help to identify him in a crime.

Davies, who was recently recognised for his police leadership, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

"This alleged conduct, if true, is in no way a reflection of all that we stand for as a Department, and is an affront to the tenets of our department and our profession as a whole", said San Mateo police chief Susan Manheimer in a statement, "As San Mateo police officers, we have sworn an oath to serve and protect our communities".

A college student from California used a Snapchat filter to disguise himself as a female and managed to catch a sexual predator. It's unclear whether any graduated to outright catfishing - a common romance scam in which people create fake personas to trick their targets into online relationships.

"I made a decision to take advantage of it", Ethan told the news station.


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