Owners of Flint Audio-Video arrested in nude photos investigation
Rhode Island State Police said the owners of a Middletown electronics store were arrested Friday in an ongoing nude photos investigation.
State police said the owners of Flint Audio-Video are accused of asking an employee to illegally access and share nude images found on customers' cell phones and computers.
Gary Gagne, 58, and Daniel Anton, 35, both of Jamestown, were charged with soliciting another to commit a crime and conspiracy. They were arraigned in Newport District Court and released on personal recognizance. A condition of their release was limited internet use.
State police said Gagne and Anton had George Quintal, a store manager charged in the case, search customers' phones and electronic devices for nude photos. Quintal is accused of taking photos of the nude images and sharing them with Gagne and Anton.
The owners said in June that they were "shocked and outraged" by Quintal's arrest, adding that they fired him 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," Gagne and Anton said in a statement at the time.
While there was no answer at Gagne’s home when NBC 10 News visited on Friday, someone at Anton's home asked a reporter to leave.
But Gagne’s lawyer, Peter Di Biase, told NBC 10 the owners “deny any scheme or conspiracy.”
Three other employees -- Terrance Roy, 46, of Seekonk, Geoffrey Preuit, 43, of Warwick, and Adam Jilling, 35, of West Warwick -- also face charges in the investigation.
According to its website, Flint Audio-Video has stores at 77 East Main Road in Middletown and at South County Commons in South Kingstown.
Rhode Island State Police said they have identified several people found in the photos and videos, but they are still working to identify others.
State police said any customers of Flint Audio-Video who are concerned that their photographs and other electronic files may have been compromised should call Detective Adam Houston at 401-921-8152.