Child groomers caught after student's Tinder test

Child groomers caught after student's Tinder test

A Melbourne University student who posed as a 15-year-old on the dating app Tinder has helped police catch two child groomers.

Under the guise of the 'Tinder Experiment', the woman, named Imogen swiped right on all the men that came up on her Tinder app and many 'matched' with her despite her age - with some of those matching in their 50s.

Imogen willingly going along with the advances of often much older men, and allows conversations to progress to a point where they request to meet with her - all while she maintains that she is only 15 years old.

However, when they arrive to meet with her and attempt to make sexual advances, they are exposed on camera.

The original experiment has now garnered more than 1 million views on YouTube - and also contributed to a man's arrest.

Detective Senior Constable Emma O'Rourke, from the Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team, says six names were given to police by the creators of the 'Tinder Experiment'.

"Not all of these people came to meet them, some did and as a result of that we approached them covertly to engage with us," Det Snr Const O'Rourke said to AAP.

"As a result two of the males have been charged and convicted."

Nicolaos Katamas was one of those two men, and has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years' prison for child grooming. After serving six months and paying a $5000 good behaviour bond, he will be released.

Another, Tobias Kilsby, was sent to jail for two years after sexually explicit messages were sent to a social media profile he thought was a 13-year-old girl, but in fact happened to be a police officer.

"The 'Tinder Experiment' did what police were already doing, just on a different platform," Det Sen Const Tas Gagatsakis told AAP.

"We operate on all platforms. Tinder is usually for users 18 and over, but when these things come to light we are very interested in trying to find out what is going on."