Cops: Hudson Valley Man Used Drone to Peep into Windows

David Beesmer, who lives in the Hudson Valley, reportedly enjoys droning so much he spent $1,300 on a personal one.

Screen shot of the Facebook page of David Beesmer, who goes by the nickname Front Row Dave.
Screen shot of the Facebook page of David Beesmer, who goes by the nickname Front Row Dave.
A 49-year-old Lake Katrine, NY man is facing charges for allegedly using a personal drone - a small, unmanned surveillance aircraft - to peek into the windows of an Ulster, NY medical building where patients were located.

The man, identified as David Beesmer, was charged with unlawful surveillance, according to the Daily Mail, and he took to his his Facebook page to apologize and state he made a "huge error in judgement." But he plans to keep "droning" because it is "the wave of the future."

The Smoking Gun website published a short police report about the incident, which says Beesmer was allegedly flying the drone 10-15 feet away from windows.

Beesmer says on Facebook that he took his mother to a doctor's appointment at the building, Mid Hudson Medical Group, and was so impressed by the facility that he wanted to help promote it, hence the drone footage.

From his Facebook page, "I took the footage and went straight inside to tell them who I am and that I have some excellent footage.....I was referred by the receptionist to another person who gave me the card to the owners of the building and was told I can contact them...after that while waiting for Mom another person from the facility came up and told me of her concern of privacy....I assured her my camera cannot see inside windows and went out and got the footage to show her......she agreed that you cannot see any people only the building....and told me that the footage looks great and to contact the owners....as they definitely need promotion for this brand new building only two days in use..."

Beesmer's "future" is one that asks some thorny legal questions, according to the Verdict commentary page on the Justia.com website. Some states have laws prohibiting "upskirt" videos and pictures, and now it looks like they might have to consider the same for "drone peeping." 

Last month, a Seattle woman accused a drone company of peeping into windows at her apartment building, but the company denied the charge stating that the drone was legitimately being used to film aerial footage, according to Reuters and The Raw Story website.

Henry Sadowski July 18, 2014 at 07:30 PM
The guy didn't do anything wrong. What he did is the same as someone taking pictures of the building while standing on the ground. He just got a different perspective. If he was using the device to peek into windows that would be one thing, but he didn't. All the people who get uptight because they hear the word drone should just chill out...
Mikerrr July 18, 2014 at 10:41 PM
"Illegal surveillance?" You mean like the kind the NSA, FBI, etc. do all the time?
Don Klepack July 20, 2014 at 08:31 AM
Drones are dangerous. A blast of wind can cause it to come crashing down. I saw a person die during a half time event at Shea stadium where a model plane hit someone in the head. A drone is just a more sophisticated model plane.
Anthony July 20, 2014 at 09:03 AM
The type of Drone that this man used to photograph a building are less "dangerous" than automobiles, airplanes, and even bicycles. the statistics of one being hit by a model plane (including a drone type) are 10million to one. Car 565,000to one. pedestrians struck by a bike 76000 last year in the USA.
Delta Dawn July 20, 2014 at 09:56 AM
Anthony go fly a kite!


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