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Woman who accused Blackhawks prospect of revenge porn 'infuriated' by his reinstatement

Garret Ross will resume playing with Chicago's AHL affiliate.

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

A day after the Chicago Blackhawks reinstated a prospect after revenge porn charges against him were dropped, his accuser told the Chicago Tribune she was "devastated" by the news.

On Tuesday, DeKalb County prosecutors in Illinois dropped the charges of non-consensual dissemination of sexual images for 23-year-old Rockford IceHogs forward Garret Ross. The alleged crime, commonly known as "revenge porn," is illegal in Illinois. But since the images in question were allegedly sent while he was in Michigan, the case is outside Illinois jurisdiction.

Within hours, the Blackhawks had moved to reinstate the indefinitely suspended Ross.

The accuser told Stacy St. Clair of the Tribune she was "infuriated" by the swiftness of the organization:

"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."

She is referring to the fact that the Blackhawks had suspended Ross after the news made waves online in mid-March. The original complaint to police was made in September of 2015 and Ross was arrested and charged on Feb. 2. In a statement alongside the suspension on March 23, the Blackhawks stated they and the IceHogs had first learned of the charges on March 19.

The organization released another statement following Ross' reinstatement on Tuesday:

On March 23, 2016, the Chicago Blackhawks suspended Garret Ross after learning of a legal proceeding against him, and stated at that time that the suspension was indefinite pending the outcome of the legal process. We learned today, March 29, that the legal process concluded in Illinois with the dismissal of all charges against Garret. As a result, Garret Ross is reinstated with the IceHogs, effective immediately. We will have no further comment on the matter.

The woman can still file a complaint in Michigan, but the state's revenge porn laws are not as strong as the ones in Illinois.