Cranston Man Faces Child Molestation Charges After Drone Spying Incident

Disturbing Revelations in Cranston: From Drone Spying to Child Molestation

A shocking turn of events has unfolded in Cranston, , where a man previously caught using a drone for spying has now been charged with child molestation.


Drone Incident Leads to Alarming Discovery

Christopher Jones, 50, initially drew public attention last summer when he was arrested for using a drone to peer into a local woman's home.

Stephanie Merola, the victim of this privacy invasion, reported seeing the drone outside her bathroom window.

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In a bold move, she captured the drone and threw it into her pool, leading to Jones' arrest on charges of video voyeurism, reports WPRI.

A Deeper Crime Uncovered

While the was disturbing on its own, it was only the tip of the iceberg. Following this, Jones has been charged with a more heinous crime. The Rhode Island Attorney General, Peter Neronha, announced that Jones is now facing charges of second-degree child molestation. He is accused of sexually assaulting a child under 14 years old between April 2003 and April 2006.

Community Reaction and Legal Proceedings

The community has reacted with horror and disbelief to these revelations. Merola, expressing her distress, told 12 News, “I have no peace of mind. I'm disgusted and I feel violated.” This sentiment echoes the shock and unease felt throughout Cranston.

Prosecutors have taken a firm stance in light of these serious allegations. After being released on personal recognizance for the drone-related charges, Jones is now being held without bail for the molestation charge. His next court date is scheduled for March 12.

A Community Shaken

This case is a stark reminder of the hidden dangers that can lurk within any community. What began as a violation of privacy has unraveled into a much darker scenario, shaking the and safety of the Cranston community. As residents grapple with the unsettling developments, the system is now tasked with bringing justice to the forefront in this deeply troubling case.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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