2018-07-05 / Front Page

Jamestown men arrested for allegedly soliciting nude images

The owners of Flint Audio Video — both Jamestown men — have been charged in connection with a scheme to illegally access and share nude images found on customers’ cell phones and computers

Both Gary W. Gagne, 58, of Intrepid Lane, and Daniel A. Anton, 35, of Laurel Lane, were arrested at about 10 a.m. Friday by members of the state police’s computer crimes unit at the Flint Audio Video store in Middletown. Both were charged with soliciting another to commit a crime (access to a computer for fraudulent purposes) and conspiracy and released on $30,000 personal recognizance bond with a special bail condition of limited Internet use.

Both charges are felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison each.

Police said Gagne and Anton allegedly conspired with George Quintal, 34, of Middletown, a Flint Audio Video employee arrested June 14 on similar charges. Also arrested in the case were Terrance M. Roy, 46, of Seekonk, Mass. and Geoffrey P. Preuit, 43, of Warwick, both on June 22.

The three employees allegedly searched for and shared the nude images without the victims’ knowledge, police said. The trio also allegedly took surreptitious photos while they were working of female customers and shared them with Gagne and Anton, police said.  

At the time of Quintal’s arrest, Gagne and Anton released a statement saying: “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.”

Flint also has a location in the South County Commons in Wakefield.

Rhode Island State Police have identified several of the alleged victims in the photos and videos, but they still are working to identify others. Customers who have had their electronic devices serviced by the company are being warned their files might have been compromised. Any concerned customers should contact Detective Adam Houston at 921-8152.

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