NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — The owners and several former employees of Flint Audio Video faced a judge Thursday as they stand accused of conspiring to illegally obtain and share nude images and videos found on customers’ devices.
The owners, Daniel Anton and Gary Gagne, and three of their former workers, Adam Jilling, George Quintal and Terrance Roy, pleaded not guilty to varying counts of accessing a computer for fraudulent purposes and conspiracy.
They were released on $30,000 personal recognizance and they’re due back in court Feb. 7 for a pretrial conference.
A sixth suspect, Geoffrey Preuit, was scheduled to be arraigned later on Thursday.
The six men were arrested over the summer of 2018 after a female employee of Flint Audio Video reported the alleged conduct to the authorities.
Prosecutors say that when customers would drop off phones, computers and other devices for repair, Quintal would search through them without the customers’ knowledge or consent and take photos of any provocative media he found, then forward them to some of his coworkers.
A thumb drive containing more than 2,000 nude photos and videos of suspected Flint customers was recovered by detectives at Quintal’s home, according to police.
Court documents revealed that the alleged crimes date back to 2011 and at least 13 victims have been identified so far. However, only five are associated with the case because the statute of limitations has expired for the other eight.
Any Flint Audio Video customers who are concerned that their photos and other files may have been compromised should contact Detective Adam Houston at (401) 921-8152.