Fayette County investigating possible “peeping drone” near Oran

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Iowa – Fayette County is investigating a possible “Peeping Tom,” but this is a high-tech version.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drone that may have gotten too close to a home. They say someone called about a drone that was hovering by a window at his or her home. That person said the same drone was spotted flying around the property a couple weeks earlier.

The Sheriff’s Office says this happened near Oran, and they’re looking into this as a possible invasion of privacy. Some people in Oran say it’s a small, tight-knit community, and they’re surprised to hear about something like this happening nearby.

“It’s creepy, not something that you would generally hear about,” says Mariah Wenger.

Some people KWWL spoke with say they have seen drones flying in the area around Oran. They say these are used by co-ops for crop scouting.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

In Iowa, there is Peeping Tom Legislation. It’s considered an aggravated misdemeanor if someone intentionally views, photographers or films another person without a legitimate purpose, and when that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy- and did not consent.

Amanda Gilbert

Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist
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