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2 electronics store employees accused of sharing nude photos from customers’ phones

Two employees of an electronics store in Middletown have been accused of illegally accessing and sharing nude photos from customers’ cell phones and computers, according to authorities. (Police photos)

Two employees of an electronics store in Middletown have been accused of illegally accessing and sharing nude photos from customers’ cell phones and computers, according to authorities.

Rhode Island State Police on Friday said Terrance M. Roy, 46, of Seekonk, and Geoffrey P. Preuit, 43, of Warwick, are facing multiple charges, including accessing a computer for fraudulent purposes, computer trespass and conspiracy.

While Roy is the warehouse manager of Flint Audio Video on East Main Road, Preuit is a sales associate.

Their arrests follow the apprehension of George Quintal, 34, of Middletown, who is the store owner.

Quintal was arrested June 14 and charged with three counts of accessing a computer for fraudulent purposes and three counts of computer trespass. He was arraigned and released on personal recognizance with the condition that he stays off the internet.

“The investigation showed that both Mr. Roy and Mr. Preuit each individually conspired with George Quintal, then store manager of the Flint Audio Video in Middletown who was arrested on June 14 on similar charges,” police noted.

Police also said that the investigation revealed that customers brought their electronic devices to the store for repair, with Roy or Preuit allegedly searching the electronic files on those devices, without the victims’ knowledge or permission.

“The suspects allegedly took photos of nude images found on the customers’ devices and shared them with George Quintal and possibly other people, without the victims’ knowledge or permission,” said police. “Additionally, all three employees allegedly took surreptitious photos of female customers while they were in the store, and those photos were then shared along with information about the digital device the customer was bringing in to be repaired.”

Roy and Preuit were arraigned and released on personal recognizance. They were ordered to have no contact with any of the alleged victims.

Police said they are still working to identify other victims. If you believe your photographs or video have been compromised, contact Detective Adam Houston at 401-921-8152.

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