Currently a player for the Rockford IceHogs, and a Blackhawks prospect, Garret Ross has been charged with a class 4 felony for “NONCONSENTUAL DISSM SEX IMAGE” according to @nburzych, and the DeKalb Circuit Clerk website.
— Nick. (@nburzych) March 19, 2016
This charge apparently stems from an incident that happened back in August according to the criminal case record. It was obviously kept under the radar until now. The preliminary hearing appears to be set for April 22nd. Non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images is covered in section 5.11-23 in the State of Illinois Criminal Code Act of 2012. According to the case record, Ross was charged with Section B which involves circulating sexual images of somebody.
It will be interesting to see how the teams respond to this. Ross was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 5th round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Garret Ross' mug shot from his arrest in Sycamore last month. He continued playing with Rockford until Saturday. pic.twitter.com/vrGlClu04U
— Nick. (@nburzych) March 22, 2016
UPDATE (via TMZ):
Officials say back in August, the player shared a photo of a woman “engaged in a sexual act, which was obtained under circumstances which Ross should have known the image was to remain private.”
Officials say Ross also should have known the woman “had not consented to the dissemination.”
It’s a big deal, especially in Illinois … one of 28 states with harsh anti-revenge porn laws. If convicted, he faces up to 3 years in prison.
Meantime, the judge in the case agreed to modify his bond — allowing him to travel out of the state for work … a must for a pro athlete.
UPDATE (Chicago Tribune)
The woman, who lives in Sycamore, told authorities in September that she had been in a romantic relationship with one of Ross’ teammates on the Rockford IceHogs, the Hawks’AHL affiliate, but ended it when she learned he already had a girlfriend. During their relationship, however, she said she exchanged nude video and pictures with the player, according to police reports obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
The player and his girlfriend broke up after the girlfriend learned he was meeting other women via Tinder, according to the woman’s statement to police. Ross’s girlfriend also dumped him for the same Tinder-related reason, the woman said.
Both players blamed the Sycamore woman for “spreading lies” to their girlfriends, though the woman denied their allegation, the report states.
According to the woman’s complaint, she received angry text messages from Ross on Aug. 30 “harassing her about Tinder and the video she previously sent to” his teammate. During the text conversation, Ross sent the video, according to the police report.
The Chicago Blackhawks released an official statement.
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) March 23, 2016