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Grand jury indicts 2 Cincinnati-area males of federal prices associated to illegally flying drones over skilled sporting occasions


CINCINNATI – Two Cincinnati-area males have been charged with federal crimes alleging they illegally flew drones over skilled sporting occasions in Cincinnati.

A federal grand jury has charged the lads in separate incidents involving Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds occasions.

NFL

The Cincinnati Bengals hosted an NFL playoff recreation at Paul Brown Stadium on Jan. 15. In the course of the recreation, it’s alleged that Dailon Dabney, 24, of Cincinnati, illegally flew his drone into the stadium and hovered over the gamers and parts of the stadium crowd. Dabney allegedly recorded his drone flight and posted the video to social media websites and YouTube.

MLB

April 12 was Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds’ 2022 season and featured the primary recreation of the season at Nice American Ballpark. It’s alleged that Travis Lenhoff, 38, of Northern Kentucky, flew a drone into the restricted flight space of Nice American Ballpark in the course of the Opening Day festivities.

“This can be a rising drawback that poses a direct threat to the gamers and the people within the stands,” stated U.S. Legal professional Kenneth L. Parker. “Even when the operator doesn’t have an intent to hurt, the operator may simply lose management and injure somebody. Furthermore, the sight of a drone flying overhead may result in a panic within the crowd. In the event you attend these occasions like Reds video games and Bengals video games – depart the drones at dwelling.”

“Flying a drone over a stadium filled with followers is harmful and unlawful with out the right FAA coaching, licensing, and accepted flight plan,” said FBI Cincinnati Particular Agent in Cost J. William Rivers. “We’ll proceed to work with the FAA and native police to analyze these incidents when correct FAA protocols and procedures aren’t adopted.”

Any drone that weighs greater than .55 kilos and fewer than 55 kilos should be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Dabney’s and Lenhoff’s drones aren’t registered with the FAA and they don’t have a distant pilot certification.

Every defendant is charged with working an unregistered drone, which is a federal crime punishable by as much as three years in jail. Dabney can be charged with violating a short lived flight restriction (punishable by as much as one yr in jail).

Dabney and Lenhoff every have an preliminary look scheduled at 1:30pm on Oct. 12 in Cincinnati.

Kenneth L. Parker, United States Legal professional for the Southern District of Ohio; J. William Rivers, Particular Agent in Cost, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division; the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Cincinnati Interim Police Chief Teresa A. Theetge and Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey introduced the fees. Assistant United States Legal professional Timothy S. Mangan is representing the US on this case.

Indictments merely include allegations, and defendants are presumed harmless until confirmed responsible in a court docket of legislation.

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