Male Student Used Gender Switching Snapchat Filter To Catch Sexual Predator

Those Gender Swap Filters Sent Snapchat’s Downloads Through The Roof

Those Gender Swap Filters Sent Snapchat’s Downloads Through The Roof

Ethan used the photo to pretend he was an underage girl named Esther and created an online profile on Tinder.

"Davies then asked her to switch to Snapchat where they also discussed her being 16 years old, and chatted about engaging in sexual activity", the San Jose Police Department said. Police say that Ethan was able to research Davies after their conversations and determine his identity. He provided screenshots of the 12 hour-long conversation to police, which showed the officer did not have an issue with the young age. He posted the deceptive photo on Tinder, where 40-year-old Robert Davies, a San Mateo police officer, took the bait. He allegedly asked Esther to switch to Snapchat, where messages automatically self-delete.

'I was just looking to get someone... Ethan screen-grabbed the dialogue and turned it over to local police. He just happened to be a cop, ' Ethan said.

The officer was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on charges of contacting a minor to commit a felony and put on paid administrative leave.

Officers from San Jose Police's Internet Crimes Against Children arrested Davies on June 6. It wasn't clear from court records if he has an attorney.

According to police, a "concerned citizen" contacted the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers on May 11 after he reportedly posed as an underaged female teen and had several conversations "about engaging in sexual activity" with a man he soon discovered was a police officer in the bay area.

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He is now on paid administrative leave with the San Mateo Police Department pending the outcome of an investigation, authorities said.

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".

Snapchat's gender-swapping filter has been used to make a viral Evanescence video, alter famous works of art, and reveal Glenn Close's unexpected male celebrity look-alike since it launched in May.

"I believe he messaged me, 'Are you down to have some fun tonight?' and I made a decision to take advantage of it", Ethan told NBC.

A college student from California used a Snapchat filter to disguise himself as a female and managed to catch a sexual predator.

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