The Chicago Blackhawks have suspended prospect Garret Ross after he was charged with sharing an image of a woman engaged in an sexual act without her consent — revenge porn — a felony in Illinois.

Ross, 23, was investigated by police for four months after sharing the image. He was charged Tuesday.

Ross plays for the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate in Rockford, Ill. The winger has played while being investigated.

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According to the Chicago Tribune, the Blackhawks said in a statement Wednesday that they only became aware of the legal situation on Sunday:

"(The Blackhawks and IceHogs) learned of a legal proceeding against IceHogs player Garret Ross. At that time, we excused Garret from team activities pending our preliminary review of the matter. After further review, we have determined to suspend Garret indefinitely pending the outcome of the legal process. Because this is a pending legal proceeding, we will have no further comment at this time."

Revenge porn became a felony in Illinois last year and is punishable by up to three years in prison.

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