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A California police officer was arrested last week after authorities say a college student used to be a Snapchat sex-change filter is to trick him into thinking that he was a 16-year-old girl who had agreed to meet up for sex.
Robert Davies, a 40-year-old police officer with the City of San Mateo, was on Thursday arrested and charged with contacting a minor to commit a crime, the San Jose Police Department says in a news release.
According to the police, as a “concerned citizen” to contact the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers, on May 11, after he allegedly posed as a minor female, a teenager, and have had several conversations “about how to engage in sexual activity” with a man, that he was discovered by a police officer in the bay area.
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The citizen has been identified as Ethan, 20, a student at the university of San Francisco and the Bay Area, and he told the NBC local affiliate that he was “just looking to find someone to get it,” and someone who “just happens to be a police officer.”
Police are continuing an investigation on the 13th of May to the charges, and discovered it is the first point of contact, it was a Tinder account that He created, which described him as a 19-year-old woman. He has used the Snapchat filter, which is presented to him as a young woman.
According to the police, he was aware of the dating app does not allow accounts from the young people.
Davies reportedly asked the tipster to get it to switch to the text message app, Kik, where, he said, was told by Ethan that he was, in fact, a 16-year-old. The police said that Davies acknowledged that the reaction to it.
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When he asked the minor female to switch back to Snapchat, where she talked about her age. The police said they were talking about ” engaging in sexual activity.”
A warrant for Davies’s arrest was issued on Thursday, he was charged with one count of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a crime has been committed.
Robert Davies, a 40-year-old police officer with the City of San Mateo, was on Thursday arrested and charged with contacting a minor to commit a crime has been committed.
(San Jose Police Department)
The San Mateo Police Department, in a statement, saying that Davies has been placed on paid administrative leave.
“While the criminal investigation is running its course, it has to recharge, and if that is true, it is a cause for concern, and the conduct of the alleged contravention with the principles and values of the department,” the statement said.
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The police, Susan Manheimer defended the department’s position in light of the allegations made in a separate statement.
“This alleged conduct, if that is the case, it is in no way a reflection of what we stand for as a Department,” she said, “and it is an affront to the principles of our department and our profession as a whole.”