Ross accuser 'infuriated' at Blackhawks' reinstatement decision
The woman who accused Chicago Blackhawks prospect Garret Ross of "non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images” said she was devastated when she heard the organization reinstated Ross on Tuesday evening.
Earlier Tuesday, it was announced that felony charges against Ross were dropped in Illinois because the alleged crime was committed in Michigan. Later, the Blackhawks announced Ross, who had been with the team’s AHL affiliate in Rockford this season, was reinstated because “the legal process concluded in Illinois with the dismissal of all charges against Garret.”
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The charges of "non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images” are more commonly referred to as “revenge porn.”
Her comments were from an interview with the Chicago Tribune that published Wednesday.
"I was infuriated when I read about their (the Blackhawks') decision. I was sitting at my desk at work literally shaking I was so mad," Ross' accuser told the Tribune. "I saw it coming, but it still was devastating, especially since it was made known that the charges were dropped due to jurisdiction issues, not due to lack of evidence."
Per a police report, Ross allegedly sent a pornographic video of the woman to her in a text message exchange about Ross's recent breakup with his girlfriend. She had originally sent the video to Ross's teammate, who she had previously dated, and became concerned that the video had been "disbursed to other men." After this the woman decided to pursue charges against both Ross and the teammate, whose name was not divulged in the report. Ross’s teammate was not charged even though she asked both players be charged.
The alleged incident happened in August and Ross was charged on Feb. 2. The Blackhawks announced their suspension of Ross on March 23. This timeframe concerned the accuser.
"What bothered me the most was that it took the Blackhawks 40 days after Ross was booked and charged to suspend him, but less than 10 hours to reinstate him," the woman said. "That right there shows how the organization feels about issues like this. … The Blackhawks organization turned a blind eye, when they easily could have set an example within their organization that they do not tolerate this kind of behavior."
The story said the woman is “contemplating” whether to file a report with authorities in Michigan.
Michigan’s "revenge porn" laws aren’t as severe as Illinois’ where “revenge porn” can carry a maximum sentence of three years in jail.
The 23-year-old Ross is in the final year of his contract with the Blackhawks. The team selected Ross in the fifth-round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
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