New details on investigation into nude media-sharing ring
NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – New state police documents filed in Newport County Superior Court Friday detail evidence authorities have gathered while investigating a nude media-sharing ring at a local audio-video operation.
Over the course of several years, 13 customers of Flint Audio-Video in Middletown had electronics they had dropped off for repairs scoured for nude photos and videos, which were then shared among employees, according to police. Only five of the victims are associated with the charges because of the statute of limitations.
Six employees were charged from June to July – beginning with George Quintal, a store manager. Police seized several piece of evidence from his home that eventually tied pointed authorities to the other suspects.
Among the evidence is a thumb drive with more than 2,000 pictures and videos of suspected customers, according to police.
Court documents state one email Quintal shared with owners Daniel Anton and Gary Gagne includes a partially naked picture of a woman with the subject line: “SSSHHHHHH!!!!!! THIS IS THE [NAME REDACTED] GIRL.”
A manager at Flint Audio-Video would not comment, instead pointing ABC6 News to an attorney who did not respect to a request for comment.
The court filing includes vulgar text messages police say were sent from Quintal’s phone, including one where he refers to a customer’s phone as, “the mother load jackpot.”
In another, Quintal tells Geoffrey Preuit, a sales associate, he is going to need a larger thumb drive to store everything, according to court documents.
All six suspects are due in Newport County Superior Court January 10.
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