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

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 12, 2019

A police officer was arrested after a San Francisco college student used Snapchat to make himself look like a young girl and lured him into a trap, NBC Bay Area reported Tuesday.

Ethan said he deliberately got enough info for police to track him - and even switched to airplane mode to prevent the man from getting automatic alerts when screenshots were taken.

Ethan, 20, who did not reveal his last name for fear of retaliation, pretended to be "Esther" on the dating app, where he caught the eye of San Mateo cop Robert Davies.

They moved the conversation to Kik-where "Esther" told the person that she was actually 16-years-old-then moved the conversation to Snapchat, according to San Jose police.

Police say his Tinder account had "Esther" listed as a 19-year-old, which was when he was messaged by San Mateo Officer Robert Davies.

Ethan recalls Davies messaging the fake profile, "Are you down to have some fun tonight?".

San Jose police, who later reviewed screenshots of the conversation, reportedly told NBC that Davies was not concerned that he was speaking explicitly to someone he believed to be 16.

'Through the messages, on objective I would just get these little bits of information about him so it would be easier to track him down, ' Ethan told NBC. According to police, screengrabs of the conversation showed it did not bother the suspect. On Snapchat the two allegedly spoke about having sexual relations.

'I was just looking to get someone...

He was arrested last week by San Jose police on suspicion of discussing sexual activity with a minor on social media. He faces charges of contacting a minor to commit a felony.

"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", San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer said in a statement.

The San Mateo Police Department noted in its statement that Davies' alleged crimes "occurred while he was off-duty in another county" and that he's been placed on paid administrative leave. 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.

A college student wanted to take down potential predators on Tinder.

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

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