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 teen girl.
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.— Ian Cull (@NBCian) June 11, 2019
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
Ethan told NBC he exchanged messages with the officer for more than 12 hours before sending screenshots of the conversations to Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers. San Jose police arrested Davies on Thursday, and he faces a charge of contacting a minor to commit a felony.
Ethan told NBC he created the fake Tinder account because a female friend had told him she was molested as a child.
“I was just looking to get someone,” the student said. “He just happened to be a cop.”