Mark Salling, best known for his role on the musical television show Glee, has pled guilty to possession of child pornography. According to Deadline, he now faces between 48-84 months of imprisonment.
Salling had struck a deal with feds in order to reduce his sentence. The actor had been arrested in December of 2015. He had potentially faced up to 20 years in prison. He stated to courts that he was “pleading guilty because I am guilty of the charges.”
According to Variety, USB drives and a laptop of Salling's seized by the Los Angeles Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. contained thousands of images and video depicting children in sexual situations. He had originally pleaded not guilty to charges in June of 2016.
“Defendant knowingly possessed matters which the defendant knew contained visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” states the deal signed by Salling, Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney Joey Lynn Blanch and attorneys Michael Broctok and Kimberly Singer.
Salling will also be forced to register as a sex offender upon leaving jail and will pay a $50,000 to each victim who has requested it, along with 20 years of supervision following his release. He will be manditorily kept away from the premises of schools and “video arcade facilities.” He'll also be forced to enter a treatment program and his computers will be subject to random searches and seizures at any time.
Salling was dropped from an upcoming project when the news of his crimes broke, Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets.
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