2018-07-12 / News Briefs

Audio-Video Store Under Investigation

In what has become a story garnering national interest, Rhode Island State Police continue an ongoing investigation that has seen six men arrested with ties to the same video store on various charges of illegally procuring and sharing customers' private photos.

On June 15, state police arrested George Quintal, store manager of Flint Audio-Video in Middletown. There is a second Flint store in South Kingstown. An investigation by members of the State Police Computer Crimes Unit revealed that Quintal allegedly searched the electronic files on computers, cell phones and other electronic devices that customers brought to the store for repair.

The charges assert that Quintal, 34, of Middletown, without the victims’ knowledge or consent, took photos of nude images found on these devices. By June 28, two other employees, Terrance Roy, 46, of Seekonk, and Geoffrey Preuit, 43, of Warwick, faced charges in the investigation.

Another former sales associate who worked at both Flint Audio Video stores, Adam Jilling, 35, of West Warwick, was also charged.

On July 6, owners Gary Gagne, 58, and Daniel Anton, 35, both of Jamestown, were charged with soliciting another to commit a crime, and conspiracy. Gagne, Anton and Jilling were arraigned in Newport District Court and released on personal recognizance. A condition of their release was limited internet use. The case is due to be heard again in court on Aug. 23.

State police said any customers of Flint Audio-Video who are concerned that their photographs and other electronic files may have been compromised should call Detective Adam Houston at 401-921-8152.

A phone call to Det. Houston by Newport This Week was not returned by press time.

James Merolla

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