Middletown computer tech accused of stealing thousands of nude photos
A stunning revelation unveiled by Rhode Island State Police on Friday, as a Middletown computer technician stole thousands of nude pictures from unknowing customers, and sharing them online.
Authorities said George Quintal, 34, was arrested after police served a search warrant at his house early Thursday morning.
Quintal worked as a manager at Flint Audio & Video in Middletown and stole the images when customers would drop off their phones or computers to be repaired.
State police said 2,000 pictures were found in his possession that spanned several years. So far, three victims have been identified by authorities, but they are on the lookout for many more.
The tech shop is a beloved staple of the town, as customers were stunned to hear the news.
"He seemed like an alright guy. Just a typical guy, I don't know him that well," said customer Sean Kilroy. "It's tough. Tough to hear about these types of things."
But other residents like Maria Melo find the allegations against Quintal too disturbing to even believe.
"I don't believe that. They're very honest people," she said. "Everybody is good people there."
ABC 6 tried visiting Quintal at his home on Jepson Lane to talk about the allegations but nobody came to the door.
Quintal faces six charges and was released on personal recognizance.
Flint Audio & Video released the following statement about the charges:
“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.”