Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a Newport man on charges of Extortion/Blackmail and Cyber-harassment. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Hope Valley Barracks and the Computer Crimes Unit.
Earlier this week, the Hope Valley Barracks initiated an investigation into an alleged Extortion/Blackmail and Cyber-harassment. The complainant came forward to the State Police to report that when she attempted to break off a relationship with Quinn, he threatened to release explicit photographs and video of the complainant unless she continued their relationship. Quinn conveyed the threats by means of his text messages.
On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 4:00PM, Keith P. Quinn, age 53 of 121 Prospect Hill in Newport, RI was arrested at his residence. At the same time, a court authorized search warrant was executed for his residence. Seized as a result of this warrant was photography equipment, computers and correspondences. An initial review of this evidence supports the complainant's allegations. A forensic examination will be conducted of the evidence by the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit. Also seized was a small amount of marijuana during the search of Quinn's residence. Quinn also had a Superior Court Bench Warrant for a violation of probation for failure to appear for a restitution review on a charge of Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses.
Quinn was held overnight at the Hope Valley barracks and will be arraigned today, October, 10, 2013 at 4th Division District Court on the charges of Extortion and Cyber-harassment.
Quinn was issued a summons to appear at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal on October 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM on the marijuana violation.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lieutenant William Jamieson, Patrol Commander, (401) 444-1068