Who watches the watchmen?: Sacramento cop caught Snapchatting underage girl

Man who posed as 10-year-old girl on Snapchat sentenced

25-year-old Daniel Donahue was a police officer in Sacramento, California. He had to recently resign after it was discovered that he was allegedly exchanging explicit messages and images with a 15-year-old girl from Minnesota. But before we get to Donahue, I want to address the method he is said to have used to find his victim.

Donahue is said to have used an app called Hoop. Hoop is a companion app to Snapchat. When I went to the Hoop website it only had links to download the app from Google Play or the Apple App store./ However, the website also had its tagline listed which is “Hoop, make new friends on Snapchat all around the world”. That sounds an awful lot like the “Talk to strangers” tagline from Omegle.

Getting back to Donahue, he’s alleged to have sent and received explicit photos. Some of the photos even supposedly show Donahue partially clad in his police uniform. In some of the text messages that Donahue exchanged with his victim he said, “I really wanna be with you” and “No one has to know.” I would imagine that “age is just a number” might have been thrown in there too.

The girl’s family found the messages and a Sacramento Police investigation found “there was factual basis behind the allegations.” Donahue resigned from the police force during the investigation. Even the local police union claimed they no longer represent Donahue. When even a police union distances itself from you, you know you done fucked up.

Investigators believe that Donahue may have additional victims.

Anyone with knowledge of any additional wrongdoing by the suspect is encouraged to contact the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office.

Again, as I say when I post any story where a cop gets arrested, I’m not an ACAB-type, but it’s obvious that police stations around the country need to have their hiring policies restructured from the biggest city to the tiniest one-horse town. It appears that it’s not just racist cops that the public has to be concerned about.

When you are entrusted with that uniform, you are entrusted with the public’s protection and as such you should be held to a higher standard. And when you abuse that trust, you should be held to a higher responsibility.

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