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California College Student Uses Snapchat Filter To Catch Alleged Predator Cop


Added 06-12-19 05:26:02am EST - “An officer was arrested on suspicion of discussing sexual activity with a minor after a man used a Snapchat "gender switch" filter to pretend he was a te...” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “California College Student Uses Snapchat Filter To Catch Alleged Predator Cop”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A college student in San Francisco got a police officer arrested on suspicion of discussing sexual activity with a minor after he used a Snapchat filter to pretend he was an underage girl online.

Ethan, 20, reportedly said he decided to create an undercover online profile to identify possible pedophiles, the student told NBC Bay Area in an interview that aired Monday night. He did not reveal his last name out of fear of retaliation.

He used Snapchat’s “gender switch” filter to pose as a 16-year-old girl online, and take down a police officer allegedly looking to hook up. He tipped off the PD, and the officer was arrested.Our exclusive interview with the man, and why he did it, at 11 on @nbcbayarea pic.twitter.com/VaGtg14uLL

The student took a picture of himself using Snapchat’s “gender switch” filter, which displayed him with more feminine features. He told NBC that he used the picture to pose as a 19-year-old named “Esther” on Tinder when 40-year-old San Mateo Police Officer Robert Davies allegedly messaged him. The conversation began on May 11, according to investigators.

The two moved their conversation from Tinder to another app called Kik, where “Esther” told Davies she was actually 16 and asked if that would bother him. According to screenshots obtained by investigators, Davies reportedly acknowledged her age and asked her to switch to Snapchat, where they also discussed her being a minor and talked about engaging in sexual activity.

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