Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a Middletown audio and video store manager for allegedly accessing and sharing nude images found on customer’s cell phones and computers.
George Quintal, 34, of 774 Jepson Lane, Middletown, was arrested by members of the Computer Crimes Unit – Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at his home at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Thursday. He was charged with:
• Accessing a computer for fraudulent purposes (three counts)
• Computer trespass (three counts)
Quintal was arraigned in Second Division District Court and released on personal recognizance with special bail conditions of no internet access and no contact orders for the three victims identified so far.
Quintal is the manager of Flint Audio and Video, 77 East Main Road, Middletown, an electronics store that repairs cell phones and computers.
The investigation showed that the alleged victims brought their computer, cell phone or other electronic device to Flint Audio and Video for repair and Quintal allegedly searched the electronic files on those devices, without the victims’ knowledge or consent. He further allegedly took photos of nude images found on these devices and shared them with other people without the victims’ knowledge or permission.
Based on this investigation, members of the State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted a search warrant at Quintal’s home on Thursday, where they seized electronic storage devices containing approximately 2,000 images collected over the past several years.
Rhode Island State Police have identified several of the alleged victims found in these photos, but they are still working to identify others.
Any customers of Flint Audio and Video who are concerned that their photographs and other electronic files may have been compromised should contact Detective Adam Houston at 401-921-8152.