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20-Year-Old Allegedly Catches A Paedophilic Cop Using Snapchat Gender Swap Filter

He posed as a 16-year-old to catch paedophiles in his area.

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A 20-year-old in California, US is making headlines around the world for allegedly catching a paedophilic police officer, with the help of Snapchat's gender swapping filter

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According to NBC Bay Area, the college student - named only as Ethan - had used the Snapchat filter and pretended to be an underaged girl named "Esther" on Tinder.

Ethan said that an older man soon messaged 'Esther', asking "Are you down to have some fun tonight?". 

"And I decided to take advantage of it," Ethan said.

'Esther' then switched to a different app to chat with the man, while also clarifying that 'she' was only 16 years old

The man has since been identified as 40-year-old Robert Edward Davies, a San Mateo police officer, reported BuzzFeed News.

'Esther' had told Davies 'she' was only 16 years old, but he did not appear to be bothered by it.

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Over a period of 12 hours, Davies and 'Esther' exchanged explicit messages on Kik and Snapchat. Some of the messages even included mentions of engaging in sexual activity.

Ethan took screenshots of their messages and sent it over to Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers tip line, along with information about Davies' identity and status as a police officer.

Screenshots of the text messages.

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Ethan added that he wanted to expose paedophiles after finding out that his friend had been molested as a child

"I was just looking to get someone," he said. "He just turned out to be a cop."

Ethan added that he did not have further plans to go undercover as 'Esther'.

Davies has since been placed under administrative leave pending investigations.

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