The Bay Area cop thought he was having sexually explicit conversations with an underage girl on Tinder, police said. Instead, he had been fooled by a man who used several social media apps to pose as a 16-year-old female.
Robert Davies, an officer with the San Mateo Police Department, was arrested Thursday with the help of the person pretending to be a teenager, the San Jose Police Department said.
Detectives launched their investigation May 13 and learned that the tipster had created a fake Tinder account of a 19-year-old woman, “but filtered the profile photo to appear as a young[er] girl.” The man behind the account, a 20-year-old college student, told KNTV-TV that he used the gender-switching Snapchat filter to create a photo for the fake account.
The man, who identified himself to the news outlet only as Ethan for fear of retaliation, began talking to Davies on May 11. They soon switched to the messaging app Kik, where Ethan told Davies that “she” was not 19, but actually 16, police said. Tinder does not allow underage users.
They then switched to Snapchat, where they talked about engaging in sexual activity, police said.
Source: LA Times