|A man in his 40s was arrested in Busan for allegedly filming voyeur videos by drone, according to Busan Nambu Police Station, Thursday. / Korea Times file|
By Lee Hyo-jin
A man in his 40s was arrested in Busan for allegedly filming sex acts in private residences from a drone, according to the police, Thursday.
Busan Nambu Police Station announced that they requested a warrant for the man who was arrested for allegedly operating the drone. Another man in his 30s who accompanied him is also being questioned without physical detention.
The crime took place Sept. 19 around midnight in a high-rise apartment complex in Suyeong District, southern Busan. The two men operated the drone worth approximately 1 million won ($865) to hover outside windows of the apartment complex.
The drone was installed with high-quality camera gear. It circled over the apartments for about three hours before it crashed.
Startled by the loud noise, apartment residents reported the fallen drone. Police recovered it and found footage of sex acts of several couples. But the drone operators had already fled the scene.
After two weeks of searching through CCTV footage, the police tracked them down Oct.4.
The man who operated the drone is likely to be charged under the Special Act on Crimes of Sexual Violence. But he is currently denying the charges, saying that he "lost the drone while flying it."
Investigators are searching for other possible illegal footage on his phone and laptop, as he may have transmitted the videos from the drone. They will also look into whether he intended to distribute or sell the footage.
"After a thorough investigation, we will also notify the administrative authorities for additional measures as he violated the Aviation Safety Act, which prohibits flying drones at night," said an officer from the police station.