A university pupil wished to take down potential predators on Tinder. So, he posed as a teen woman utilizing Snapchat’s new gender filter — and ended up catching a cop allegedly seeking to hook up with a minor.
Ethan, a 20-year-old from the San Francisco Bay Space, used theto pose as a 16-year-old woman named Esther. He created a as a 19-year-old woman, however stated he was speaking with San Mateo Officer Robert Davies as a 16-year-old, police say.
San Jose police arrested the 40-year-old San Mateo officer final Thursday for allegedly speaking with a minor with the intention of partaking in sexual exercise. He was booked into Santa Clara County Jail.
Police say the 2 initially spoke on Tinder in early Could, earlier than switching to Kik Messenger and later, Snapchat. In line with police, Davies acknowledged that he was talking to a minor, persevering with to speak on Snapchat about partaking in sexual exercise.
Ethan, described as a “involved citizen,” tipped police off to Davies, who was arrested final week after a prolonged investigation. Police say that Ethan was in a position to analysis Davies after their conversations and decide his id.
The San Mateo Police Division stated that Davies was off responsibility in one other county when the conversations occurred. He’s at the moment on paid administrative depart.
“This alleged conduct, if true, is by no means a mirrored image of all that we stand for as a Division, and is an affront to the tenets of our division and our career as an entire,” San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer stated in a press release. “As San Mateo law enforcement officials, now we have sworn an oath to serve and shield our communities. I can guarantee you that we stay steadfast to this dedication to serving our neighborhood with ‘Professionalism, Integrity, and Excellence.’