California Student Uses Snapchat Gender Swap Filter To Dupe Alleged Predator

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

According to NBC Bay Area, the college student - named only as Ethan - had used the Snapchat filter and pretended to be an underaged girl named "Esther" on Tinder.

'I chose to take advantage of it, ' Ethan told NBC Bay Area. But when Esther asked if he was "still down", he responded with the emoji of a man shrugging.

Bay Area reported on Tuesday that the student told police that he set out to find potential pedophiles after his friend told him she was sexually assaulted during her childhood. "It just happened to be a cop".

The man, who was identified as San Mateo Police Officer Robert Davies, acknowledged her young age and the two continued to talk on Snapchat. Ethan said the pair exchanged messages for over 12 hours, with screengrabs of their conversations sent to Crime Stoppers.

In 2018, A CT man was caught by a group called POPSquad, which lured him to meet up with a 14-year-old boy they had posed as on a dating app and posted a video of the encounter onto their Facebook page of more than 17,000 followers.

All along, Ethan told NBC Bay Area, he was mining Rob for small nuggets of personal information, so that it would be easy "for the police to track him down". Then he shared them with police.

Davies was arrested on June 6 and charged with contacting a minor to commit a felony, according to police.

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A court clerk told Law&Crime that Davies has no attorney of record.

San Jose police looked into it.

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.

Ina statement, San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer said:"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".

The San Mateo Police Department noted in its statement that Davies' alleged crimes "occurred while he was off-duty in another county" and that he's been placed on paid administrative leave. It's unclear whether any graduated to outright catfishing - a common romance scam in which people create fake personas to trick their targets into online relationships.

Once the conversations turned sexual in nature, Ethan contacted the authorities, and Davies was taken into custody.

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