A student used Snapchat's 'gender swap' filter to arrest a cop looking for underage sex
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A 20-year-old student from San Francisco's Bay Area caught a police officer looking for underage sex by using Snapchat's gender-swapping filter, reports NBC Bay Area.
Posing as a woman named Esther on the dating site Tinder, Ethan – the student, who did not give his last name for fear of retaliation – found his match with Robert Davies, 40, a police officer with the San Mateo Police Department.
"I believe he messaged me, 'Are you down to have some fun tonight?' and I decided to take advantage of it," Ethan told NBC Bay Area.
He had embarked on this journey to catch possible pedophiles after a friend had confided that she had been sexually molested as a child.
After moving the conversation to Snapchat, the conversation took a turn. Ethan, posing as "Esther," told Davies he was 16 years old. His age, according to the San Jose Police Department, did not bother the officer.
Davies was arrested on one count of contacting a minor to commit a felony and is 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 to USA TODAY.