by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project
A 20 year-old college student named Ethan is making headlines recently after he used a Snapchat filter to go undercover and ensnare pedophiles trying to lure children. He was successful and his catch was a San Mateo cop.
Ethan — who is not using his last name out of fear that police may retaliate — told authorities he had a female friend who had been molested as a child. This was the apparent impetus behind his undercover scheme to go online and catch the predators.
Ethan used a Shapchat filter called gender-switch to make himself look like a female child and created a fake profile on Tinder under the name “Esther.” A single man messaged him. This man was San Mateo police officer Robert Davies.
“I believe he messaged me, ‘Are you down to have some fun tonight?’ and I decided to take advantage of it,” Ethan said, according to NBC Bay Area.
Ethan then used a different app to text Davies and told the officer that he was underage and asked if that bothered him. According to police, who were given screen shots of the texts, Davies responded he did not care Esther was a child.
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