Chicago Blackhawks prospect Garret Ross faces felony charges in DeKalb County on accusations of violating Illinois’ ban on so-called “revenge porn.”
Ross, 23, who was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2012, has been charged with one count of non-consensual dissemination of a sexual image, a Class 4 felony, according to DeKalb County case records.
Court records show the charges stemmed from an offense that occurred on Aug. 31, 2015. The new law passed by the Illinois legislature in 2015 makes it a criminal act to share private sexual images without the consent of all parties involved.
If convicted, Ross faces one to three years in prison.
A preliminary hearing in the case is set for Apr. 22, with a status hearing scheduled for Mar. 28, according to documents from the DeKalb County Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Ross was scratched from the Rockford IceHogs’ lineup over the weekend after news of the allegations were reported.
Requests for comment to the Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs Tuesday morning were not immediately returned. It is unclear if Ross has an attorney.