The increased accessibility of drone technology for private operators frustrates the purpose of existing sex offender legislation. Sex offenders who are intent on committing further unlawful acts may use the vast capabilities of modern drone technology to target children. This Comment explores current restrictions imposed on registered sex offenders and discusses how those restrictions are insufficient to protect children from sex offender recidivism. In order to bridge the gap between sex offender legislation and the rise of private drone use, North Carolina needs new legislation that appropriately limits registered sex offenders from obtaining or using drones for the purpose of harming children.
Peter N. Borden, The Peering Predator: Drone Technology Leaves Children Unprotected from Registered Sex Offenders, 39 Campbell L. Rev. 167 (2017).