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Freaks? Police say ‘normal’ Utah couple use drone to spy into neighbor’s bathroom

The Orem, Utah, police department has zero tolerance for unlawful drone surveillance

An Utah couple is accused of using a drone to secretly record people in their bedrooms and bathrooms.

According to Gephardt Daily, Aaron Dennis Foote, 39, and Terisha Lee Norveil, 34, were charged with committing voyeurism through the use of electronic equipment on January 19.

A search warrant affidavit revealed that a complaint was made on December 3 by a man who found a drone flying near his bathroom window. The man later followed the drone and retrieved it in a church parking lot.

Authorities claimed the man reviewed footage taken by the drone and discovered it had recorded several people at home during early morning hours. 

According to the affidavit, the drone recorded “individuals inside their residences through windows. Some of the recordings were multiple stories high in apartment complexes.”

Police were able to identify Foote and Norveil because the camera on the drone captured the pilot and the pilot’s pickup truck, according to KUTV.

“Are you missing a quadcopter? … Does the SD in your quadcopter camera have videos of people in their private bedrooms and/or bathrooms?” the Orem Police Department wrote in a December 4 Facebook post. “Would you like to turn yourself in before we have to come knocking on your door, maybe on Christmas morning, with a warrant?”

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Norveil was arrested in December and Foote was arrested in January.

This is the first ‘Peeping Tom’ drone case reported in Utah. Police noted that the Federal Aviation Administration  is determining whether Norveil and Foote violated FAA regulations.

Court records obtained by The Tribune stated that Foote pleaded guilty in 2008 to a class B misdemeanor charge of voyeurism, believed to be connected to an incident at a tanning salon. The 39-year-old was sentenced to a year of probation which included undergoing a voyeurism treatment program.

Norviel and Foote’s hearings are scheduled for February 24 and March 3, respectively.

 

Photo: Lime Realty/Orem Police Department