Snapchat's Gender Filter Caught A Cop Seeking Underage Sex On Tinder

Image courtesy of NBC Bay Area

Image courtesy of NBC Bay Area

A California police officer was arrested last week after authorities say a college student used a Snapchat gender-altering filter to trick him into thinking he was a 16-year-old girl who'd agreed to meet up for sex.

Eventually, "Esther" was messaged by a 40-year-old man on Tinder who asked if Ethan/Esther "wanted to have some fun tonight", according to the report.

The pupil requested Davies to change to the messaging app Kik, where, posing as "Esther", he told the older man that "she" modified into once fully 16.

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.

Detectives were able to obtain screengrabs of their conversation, which show Davies allegedly trying to engage in "sexual activity", according to police.

Davies had reportedly acknowledged that he understood he was communicating with an underage girl, yet continued to speak with Esther about engaging in sexual activity.

Davies has been positioned on paid administrative leave, in step with a commentary from the San Mateo Police Department.

He said he was motivated to catch possible pedophiles because a female friend had told him she had been molested as a child.

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It's alleged the officer initially said the teen's age "might be an issue", but when Esther asked if he was "still down", he responded with an emoji of a man shrugging.

"He just happened to be a cop", he said.

"Whether or no longer the person is 16 is inappropriate", San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia told the media Thursday.

The student took screen grabs of the conversations and sent them to a local Crime Stoppers tip line.

In order to protect yourself from unwanted followers or conversation, Coleman suggested always assessing your online privacy settings, especially the options located within individual apps."Make sure you're sharing information with who you really meant to be sharing with", Coleman said.

"I was just looking to get someone".

In a statement on the San Mateo Police Department's Facebook page, police chief Susan Manheimer said the conduct, if true, "is an affront to the tenets of our department and our profession as a whole". He was charged with contacting a minor to commit a felony and booked at the Santa Clara County Jail. He is now on paid administrative leave.

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