A 20-year-old college student used Snapchat’s popular gender swap filter to pose as an underage girl online. The student, ‘Ethan’ portrayed himself as ‘Esther’ to lure predators and pedophiles online after he discovered a friend of his had been molested as a child.
NBC reported that the San Francisco Bay Area student ended up busting a local police officer engaging with online minors on Tinder.
Ethan explained how the cop messaged him before long:
“I believe he messaged me, ‘Are you down to have some fun tonight?’ and I decided to take advantage of it.”
“Esther” proceeded to inform the man that “she” was only 16, before moving the chat to another app.
According to police reports, Ethan chatted to the suspect under his pseudonym over 12 hours, in which the messages became increasingly explicit. The suspect, Officer Robert Davies of the San Mateo Police Department, wasn’t bothered at all by learning that he was speaking to a minor.