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New chargers against man who posted weaponized drone videos

Posted October 13

— A man who posted online videos of flying drones shooting a gun and a flamethrower in his Connecticut backyard has been charged with trying to sexually entice a minor.

Police in Clinton say 19-year-old Austin Haughwout (HOW'-it) turned himself in Thursday after an arrest warrant was issued.

Haughwout uploaded the widely viewed videos to his YouTube channel last year. One showed a flying drone equipped with a handgun firing rounds. The videos caught the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration, which later issued subpoenas to Haughwout and his father.

Haughwout was arraigned Thursday on charges of enticing a minor, attempted sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. He faced similar charges earlier this year.

An after-hours message left with Haughwout's attorney hasn't been returned.


This story has been corrected to show the man's surname is Haughwout, not Haughwort.


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