"Esther" got a message from one man saying, "Are you down to have some fun tonight?". But when Esther asked if he was "still down", he responded with the emoji of a man shrugging.
As for Ethan, he told NBC Bay Area that his reason for going under cover was because he had a female friend who had been molested as a child. He just happened to be a cop, ' Ethan said.
Police discovered that Ethan had began chatting with Davies on Tinder on Saturday, May 11, and the two switched to Kik where Davies allegedly acknowledged that Esther was 16 - like Ethan said, the San Jose Police Department revealed in a statement.
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Ethan told Davies he was 16, but this allegedly didn't bother the officer and their messages "got a lot more explicit" as they talked for more than 12 hours.
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The student turned his phone on airplane mode which stopped alerts to Davies that their conversations were being screenshotted. He has been charged with contacting a minor to commit a felony, which itself is a felony charge.
San Jose police, who later reviewed screenshots of the conversation, reportedly told NBC that Davies was not concerned that he was speaking explicitly to someone he believed to be 16.
"As soon as we became aware of the investigation by San Jose, the officer was placed on paid administrative leave and remains on administrative leave", the San Mateo Police Department said in a statement.
He is now on paid administrative leave with the San Mateo Police Department pending the outcome of an investigation, authorities said.
Ethan took screengrabs of their conversations, during which he said he was 16 years old.