Two individuals from the Cincinnati region have been charged with federal charges for allegedly illegally flying drones above professional sports events in the city.

A federal grand jury accused the men in separate instances involving Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds events.

Illegally flying drones over sporting events

On January 15, the Cincinnati Bengals hosted an NFL playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium. Dailon Dabney, 24, of Cincinnati, is accused of unlawfully flying his drone into the stadium and hovering above the players and sections of the stadium audience throughout the game. Dabney reportedly videotaped his drone flight and shared it on social media and YouTube.

The Cincinnati Reds’ 2022 season began on April 12 with the opening game of the season at Great American Ballpark. Travis Lenhoff, 38, of Northern Kentucky, is accused of flying a drone into the prohibited flight area of Great American Ballpark during the Opening Day celebrations.