‘Revenge porn’ charges against Blackhawks prospect dropped

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CHICAGO — Charges against Chicago Blackhawks prospect Garret Ross have been dropped due to a location technicality.

Ross, 23, had been charged with non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images, commonly known as “revenge porn.” Nick Burzych of sportstownchicago.com first tweeted Tuesday, “Authorities determine Garret Ross was in Michigan at the time of the alleged crime, thus ending the prosecution.”

The DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed that the charges were dropped Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Illinois cannot charge Ross with a felony for the incident because he distributed the images while in Michigan, where a similar charge would be only a misdemeanor.

Ross has been with the Blackhawks since the team drafted him in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. He signed a three-year entry level contract with the team in 2013.

The team suspended him indefinitely shortly after charges were announced.