Photographer charged after flying over Kansas feedlot

GARDEN CITY, Kansas (AP) – A National Geographic freelance photographer who paraglided over a western Kansas feedlot faces a criminal trespassing charge.

Photographer George Steinmetz, of Glenn Ridge, N.J., and paragliding instructor Wei Zhang, of Beijing, China, were charged Thursday.

They were arrested June 28 and released on bond.

Steinmetz was working on a series about food that will be published in early 2014.

Finney County Attorney Susan Richmeier said in a statement that the charges have nothing to do with the right to airspace or to take pictures. She says the charges are focused on the right of landowners to control their property.

National Geographic spokeswoman Beth Foster said recently the organization does not believe Steinmetz broke any laws.

Richmeier didn’t know whether the men have attorneys. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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