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Snapchat’s Gender Swap Filter Helps Male College Student Catch Cop Allegedly Looking For Underage Sex on Tinder

A California officer was arrested on Thursday after a college student used the gender swap Snapchat filter to trick and catch him looking for underage girls online.

According to NBC, San Francisco college student Ethan decided to pose as 16-year-old “Esther” on Tinder to take down pedophiles after a close female friend shared that she had been molested as a child.

San Mateo officer Robert Davies allegedly fell for Ethan’s plot.

“I believe he messaged me, ‘Are you down to have some fun tonight?’ and I decided to take advantage of it,” he said.

According to Ethan, he and the officer began texting on another app, despite the fact he claimed to be underage, and the exchange became more explicit.

Apparently, the conversation went on for 12 hours before Ethan sent screenshots to Crime Stoppers.

Authorities said that Davies faces a charge of contacting a minor to commit a felony, and he has been placed on paid administrative leave.

San Mateo police Chief Susan Manheimer released an official statement regarding the arrest last week.

“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. As San Mateo police officers, we have sworn an oath to serve and protect our communities. I can assure you that we remain steadfast to this commitment to serving our community with “Professionalism, Integrity, and Excellence.”

Snapchat’s Gender Swap Filter
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About Retonjah Burdette

Retonjah Burdette is a publicist and published content curator from Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University in 2017, Burdette then went on to get field experience with one of the top entertainment PR firms in Atlanta. Since the start of her career, Burdette has worked with a number of actors, authors, entrepreneurs and independent artists. She has secured placements on media outlets such as TV One’s Sister Circle, Good Day Atlanta on FOX, V-103, CBS 46, Kontrol Magazine, KISS 104.1 and Rolling Out to name a few. In addition to her growth in PR, she is currently a writer for Baller Alert, a top platform for news and entertainment. In hopes of bringing the visions of others to life, she launched Girl Avant-Garde in 2019, a creative agency specializing in innovative content, branding and PR in entertainment. Her overall goal is to have autonomy over her creative thought process and to teach branding to new entrepreneurs and others pursuing a career in the public eye.

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