Mark Salling was indicted on child pornography charges last Friday, sending shockwaves through the Glee fan community. Joseph Macias, a special agent for Homeland Security Investigations, gave a statement saying, “"The traditional stereotype about the kinds of people who commit child sexual exploitation crimes simply doesn't dovetail with reality… As our investigators can attest, the defendants in child pornography cases come in all ages and from all walks of life."
Salling was arrested in December of 2015 and investigators took his laptop, hard drive and a USB from his home. They contained thousands of images and videos of child pornography. Salling has been out on bail and has been posting to Instagram about visiting his mom.
Mark continues to post on social media, and the replying comments are wild.
CNN reports that U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker reminded everyone that a picture isn’t just a picture, saying, ”Those who download and possess child pornography create a market that causes more children to be harmed… Young victims are harmed every time an image is generated, every time it is distributed, and every time it is viewed.”
There is a mandatory minimum sentence on possessing child pornography of five years, but Salling could face much much more. The maximum is 20 years. Salling is expected to turn himself in on June 3rd. You wouldn't be able to tell his life was in crisis based on his SnapChat filters, though.