Photographer Acquitted On UAV Charges | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited-09-17-18

Airborne Unmanned-09.18.18

Airborne Unlimited-09.12.18

AMA Drone Report-09.13.18

Airborne Unlimited-09.14.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne Unlimited-09-17-18

Airborne Unmanned-09.18.18

Airborne Unlimited-09.12.18

AMA Drone Report-09.13.18

Airborne Unlimited-09.14.18

Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Photographer Acquitted On UAV Charges

Jury Found David Beesmer Not Guilty Of Attempted Unlawful Surveillance

The murky legal waters surrounding UAV photography may have gotten a little clearer this week when an Ulster County, NY man was found not guilty of using his aircraft for Unlawful Surveillance.

David Beesmer had been arrested in 2014 after capturing video of the outside of a medical building in the town of Ulster. Beesmer said he knew that the camera on the quadcopter would not be able to see into the windows of the Mid-Hudson Medical Group building, but also admits that it was a "huge error in judgement" to aim the camera at exam rooms in the building.

Television Station WXXA reports that Beesmer stood trial on charges of Attempted Unlawful Surveillance twice. The first trial ended in a mistrial in May after the jury was allowed to see evidence of a previous arrest that was supposed to have been suppressed, according to the Daily Freeman newspaper.

In the second trial, which concluded Monday, the jury of six women deliberated for about 70 minutes before returning a verdict of "not guilty." They did ask to review the video captured by Beesmer of the four-story medical building.

The Daily Freeman reports that Beesmer said that his biggest fear was that the jury would have voted on emotion rather than the law, but he maintained his innocence the proceedings. He said that the state police who arrested him did not review the footage that he had captured.

Prosecutors framed the incident as "video voyeurism", and said patients in examining rooms of a medical facility have a "heightened expectation of privacy." After the verdict, Ulster County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Colonna said he would not question the jury's findings, but said it is a "situation that warrants monitoring."

Beesmer reportedly purchased the UAV to use in his music video business "Front Row Dave." It was not reported whether he has obtained a Section 333 waiver to use his aircraft for commercial purposes.

(File image of UAV similar to Beesmer's)

FMI: http://townofulster.org/content/Courts/View/1

Advertisement

More News

Aero-TV: The Sling TSi - The Ultimate Affordable Four Seater?

Four-Place Aircraft Powered By Rotax 914 Turbo The Airplane Factory brought its new Sling TSi to AirVenture 2018. The Sling TSi is a four-place turbocharged kit aircraft from the S>[...]

Aero-TV: Light, Adaptable, Innovative - Clarity Aloft Intro’s the Flex!

Clarity Aloft Introduces The TSO Certified Flex Headset The newest addition to the Clarity Aloft headset range is a big departure from previous designs and ushers in a new standard>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 09.18.18: Airware Grounded, AUVSI Urges Congress, LMC And DRL

Also: DroneInsurance.com And AirMap, EagleView And PrecisionHawk, Laser-Carrying Drones, Army Drones Claiming to offer, “... a cloud-based platform to manage, process, view, >[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 09.18.18: Airware Grounded, AUVSI Urges Congress, LMC And DRL

Also: DroneInsurance.com And AirMap, EagleView And PrecisionHawk, Laser-Carrying Drones, Army Drones Claiming to offer, “... a cloud-based platform to manage, process, view, >[...]

Airborne 09.17.18: Round The World Spitfire, Reno MidAir, Loon Program

Also: NATA Leadership, Navy Presents DFC, Wright Brothers Memorial, Orion Parachute Tests We rarely get jealous of our fellow aviators but a recent announcement has definitely insp>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC