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This case involves a criminal conviction for unlawfully flying a drone. The defendant, Jeffery Dean Scheel ("Scheel"), lived in a subdivision where he had been seen flying a drone. In 2022, a neighbor reported seeing a drone flying near him and hovering near where his children were playing. The report prompted an investigation and a search of Scheel’s residence, where the police found two drones. Scheel was charged with Class A misdemeanor Remote Aerial Harassment and he was convicted following a bench trial. The State was obligated to prove that Scheel operated an unmanned aerial vehicle in a manner that was intended to subject another person to harassment. Scheel appeals, challenging the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his conviction. He argues that the State failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Scheel was the person operating the drone; that he intended to harass anyone; and that the conduct met the definition of harassment in that a reasonable person would not have been emotionally distressed by the drone flights.

The scheduled panelists are Judge May, Judge Mathias, and Judge Foley. 

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