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

14 June 2019

Male student Ethan, 20, told NBC that he used the filter to pretend he was actually a 16-year-old girl whom he called "Esther" on Tinder.

Ethan told NBC Bay Region that a person named "Accept" reached out over Tinder soon after the unsuitable profile for the girl, whom he named "Esther", went up. Ethan, who assumed the identity of Esther, told NBC Bay Area that after a friend had shared their account of childhood sexual misconduct, he chose to pose as female on the dating app in an effort to catch local pedophiles.

Ethan said he tried to get pieces of information about the police officer so it would be easier for investigators to track him down.

As a result, 40-year-old San Mateo police officer Robert Davies was arrested last week on a charge of "one count of communicating with a minor for the purposes of committing a felony", according to police.

Ethan, 20, a San Francisco Bay Dwelling college scholar, veteran Snapchat's gender-switch filter to grow to be Esther and posed on Tinder as a 19-300 and sixty five days-veteran because Tinder does now no longer enable juveniles to originate accounts, in step with NBC Bay Dwelling. "If the suspect believes it's a 16-year-old on the other end, the suspect should have terminated that conversation, specifically when it talks about engaging in sexual activity". In response to police, Davies acknowledged that he was chatting with a minor, persevering with to speak on Snapchat about participating in sexual exercise.

The conversation, which started on May 11, 2019, was moved by both parties to Kik, where Ethan told Davies that "Esther" was 16 years old.

"I was just looking to get someone", he said. Ethan took screenshots of the explicit conversation in flight mode (Snapchat informs the other user if a screenshot is taken) and showed the messages to Crime Stoppers.

Ethan, described as a "concerned citizen", tipped police off to Davies, who was arrested last week after a lengthy investigation.

Davis is now on paid administrative leave.

"I was just looking to get someone", said Ethan.

The San Mateo Police Department said in a statement that Davies had been placed on paid administrative leave. "I will be capable to roar you that we remain steadfast to this commitment to serving our community with 'Professionalism, Integrity, and Excellence'".

Ethan told NBC Bay Area that he never meant to discover a cop through his unofficial investigation, rather he "was just looking to get someone".

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