‘Revenge porn’ charge dropped against Blackhawks prospect

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Garret E. Ross | Rockford IceHogs

Charges against a Chicago Blackhawks prospect accused of sharing “revenge porn” have been dropped in DeKalb County because prosecutors say they don’t have jurisdiction over the alleged incident.

Garret E. Ross, a 23-year-old left wing for the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, had faced one felony count of nonconsensual dissemination of a sexual image, according to the DeKalb County state’s attorney’s office.

Charges were dropped Tuesday after investigators found out the alleged incident happened while Ross was in Michigan, though it wasn’t immediately clear exactly where, prosecutors said.

It was not known whether authorities in Michigan would pursue charges.

Ross was born in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, a Detroit suburb, according to his biography on the Blackhawks website.

The team suspended Ross last week before announcing he was reinstated in a statement issued Wednesday night.

“On March 23, 2016, the Chicago Blackhawks suspended Garret Ross after learning of a legal proceeding against him, and stated at that time that the suspension was indefinite pending the outcome of the legal process. We learned today, March 29, that the legal process concluded in Illinois with the dismissal of all charges against Garret. As a result, Garret Ross is reinstated with the IceHogs, effective immediately. We will have no further comment on the matter.”

Ross was a fifth-round draft pick by the Blackhawks in 2012. He played in 59 games for the IceHogs this season and was the team’s rookie of the year in 2014.

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