Blackhawks prospect Garret Ross revenge porn charges dropped

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CHICAGO -- Charges have been dropped after Chicago Blackhawks minor league prospect Garret Ross was accused of sharing an image of a woman engaged in a sexual act without her consent.

The DeKalb County state's attorney confirmed Tuesday charges were dropped.

The Blackhawks issued a statement last week saying they learned of the felony revenge porn charge against the Rockford IceHogs winger on Saturday and excused him from team activities pending a review. The team later decided to suspend Ross indefinitely. That suspension was lifted when the legal case ended, and Ross has been reinstated, the Blackhawks said Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Ross, of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, was charged Feb. 2.

According to court records, a Sycamore, Illinois, woman told authorities in September that she exchanged nude video and pictures with one of Ross' teammates before ending the relationship after learning he had a girlfriend. The woman said Ross' girlfriend also dumped him for the same reason, and both men blamed her.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.