'Glee' Actor Mark Salling Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Child Porn, Faces Up To 7 Years

Salling admitted to possessing about 25,000 images and 600 videos of child porn as part of a plea deal. The children were as young as 3 years old. 

 

Actor Mark Salling, best known for starring on the TV show Glee, pleaded guilty on Monday to possession of child pornography, Deadline reported.

Salling, 35, admitted to possessing about 25,000 images and 600 videos of child porn as part of a plea deal, in which he will likely spend only four to seven years in prison instead of a maximum sentence of 20 years. 

He is also expected to face 20 years of supervised release, as well as sex offender registry. According to People magazine, he will have to enter a treatment program, have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, and stay 100 feet away from “schools, parks, public swimming pools, youth centers, playgrounds and arcades.”

Salling’s sentencing is set for March 7.

“Mark is focused on accepting responsibility and attempting to atone for his conduct,” said Salling’s attorney, Michael Proctor, to People.

Salling was arrested for possessing child porn on a laptop, a hard drive, and a USB flash drive in December 2015 after he showed some images to a girlfriend and she reported him to police.

The content shows pornographic and abusive images of children as young as three years old, according to court documents.

On Glee, Salling played the character of Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the musical comedy series from 2009 to 2015, and appeared on 96 episodes of the hit Fox show. He also released two albums outside of the Glee cast, Smoke Signals in 2008 and Pipe Dreams in 2010.

He previously dated his Glee co-star Naya Rivera, who said in an interview that she was not surprised by the charges.

"He was always just a very dark soul to me,” said Rivera to Entertainment Tonight. "I always felt like there was something that he was wrestling with."

The investigation was a joint effort of the Los Angeles Crimes Against Children Task Force—which includes members of the Los Angeles Police Department and special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations—and the Beverly Hills Police Department.

He was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joey Blanch of the Violent and Organized Crime Section.

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