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Private photos accessed and shared by A/V store manager

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MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WLNE) – The manager of Flint audio and video store was arrested, and fired, after allegedly collecting and sharing nude photos from customers electronic devices.

On Thursday June 14, 2018 Rhode Island State Police arrested George Quintal, 34, and charged him with three counts of accessing a computer for fraudulent purposes, and three counts of computer trespass.

Quintal was the manager of Flint audio and video, an electronics repair store on 77 Eat Main Road.

State Police say “The investigation showed that the alleged victims brought their computer, cell phone or other electronic device to Flint Audio and Video for repair and Mr. 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.”

The State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force obtained and conducted a search warrant of Quintal’s home, where they seized several electronic storage devices that contained nearly 2,000 images from over the past several years.

Rhode Island State Police are working to identify the victims and have identified several alleged victims already.

The following is statement from Flint Audio and Video has been released announcing Quintal’s termination.

“We are shocked and outraged to learn of the arrest of George Quintal and because of the severity of the charges against him, we have fired him effective immediately. As an audio, visual and computer retailer in Rhode Island for more than 30 years, there is nothing we take more seriously than the privacy and safety of our customers. We are entrusted with their most valuable information, moments and memories, and we work diligently to provide the highest level of security.

We understand the gravity of this situation and we are working to prevent this activity from ever happening again. We will assist the Rhode Island State Police in any manner possible to help identify any customers who may have been affected.”

Police urge that 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.

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