Utah drone pilot, girlfriend charged with voyeurism
Police in Utah have charged a man and his girlfriend with voyeurism for taking video of people inside their homes with a drone.
OREM, Utah - Police in Utah have charged a man and his girlfriend with voyeurism for taking video of people inside their homes with a drone.
"A man woke up early to go to work, goes into his bathroom and he hears and then sees the drone flying right outside of his window," said Lt. Craig Martinez.
That man is rattled, and bolts out of his house, gets in his truck and follows that drone.
"It actually landed in the church parking lot near his home and no one came to pick it up," said Lt. Martinez.
The victim takes a look at the SD card in the drone's camera and finds video -- lots and lots of it.
"He saw some pretty disturbing video of whoever is flying it, basically flying it down to people's bedroom and bathroom window," said Lt. Martinez.
Police say the peepers would pray on victims early in the morning just as they were waking up and starting their day.
"When a light turns on, it quickly flies right down to that window," said Lt. Martinez.
Police look at the video and say they have all they need to file voyeurism charges except a suspect. Then, the camera literally turns on them.
"We quickly find out who the owner was because he was on the video," said Lt. Martinez.
Police have charged Aaron Foote and his girlfriend, Terisha Norviel, with voyeurism.
Reports of peeping tom drones are popping up across the country. Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska, just to name a few. This, however, is the first documented flying peeper in Utah.
"This guy is facing some pretty serious charges," said Lt. Martinex.
Charges from the state but also possibly from the feds. Police say Foote and his girlfriend may have been violating Federal Aviation Administration rules while flying as well.
"We hope we dont see an inundation of this," said Lt. Martinez.