River Ridge eye doctor, former pro baseball player charged in international child porn case _lowres

Craig J. Quintal

A River Ridge eye doctor who formerly played minor league baseball has been indicted by a federal grand jury in New Orleans following an international child pornography investigation that began last year in Switzerland.

The optometrist, Craig J. Quintal, was accused of knowingly accessing child pornography “with the intent to view images depicting the sexual victimization of minors,” according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office.

The indictment accuses Quintal of looking at images of children younger than 12 “engaging in sexually explicit conduct.” He faces up to 20 years behind bars if convicted, prosecutors said.

The charges followed a July search of Quintal’s apartment in which agents with Homeland Security Investigations seized computers, hard drives and two iPhones, according to federal court papers unsealed earlier this year. Quintal was said to have cooperated with the investigation.

Federal authorities over the summer alleged that Quintal downloaded at least a dozen images of child pornography from an online picture gallery that featured mostly adult pornography, according to a search warrant. The website described the material as “a tasteful collection of naked women.”

The authorities sent a subpoena to Cox Communications and learned that an Internet Protocol address captured four times on the picture gallery last summer belonged to Quintal at his South Clearview Parkway apartment.

The Swiss Federal Office of Police, or Fedpol, began investigating the unnamed website last fall in a probe that resulted in the seizure of the server for the photo gallery. About 80 percent of the images in the gallery involved adults, according to the search warrant, but there also were illicit images such as an adult man having sex with a female toddler.

“This site contained a member-restricted area and required members to register on the site to gain access to the restricted areas to be able to upload content,” the search warrant says.

Fedpol determined the server had been operated out of the home of the site’s administrator in Zurich. That person, who has not been identified in American court filings, is facing charges in Switzerland of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Quintal, 40, played baseball at St. Augustine High School and Southern University before being drafted as a pitcher by the Detroit Tigers in 1996. He pitched for about five years in the minor leagues.

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