Friday, 20 October, 2017

'Glee' star pleads guilty to child pornography charges

MARCH 13 2015 FILE Mark Salling faces 4 to 7 years in prison
Steve Phelps | 06 October, 2017, 00:27

The 35-year-old actor could be sentenced to as long as 20 years in prison. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Mark will be sentenced to four to seven years in prison, will be registered as a sex offender and will be entered into a treatment program. He must adhere to guidelines, stay 100 feet away from schoolyards and parks, playgrounds, video arcade facilities and public swimming pools.

The actor has agreed to pay $50,000 restitution to each of the victims. Salling would have potentially faced up to twenty years behind bars had he gone through with the trial and was found guilty. In March he allegedly reached a $2.7million settlement with a woman who had sued him for sexual battery. Photo via Wikimedia CommonsIn real life, the actor who played Puck - Mark Salling - will soon be a registered sex offender.

"Those who download and possess child pornography create a market that causes more children to be harmed", U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said in a statement in May previous year when Salling was officially charged with federal offences.

Police were reportedly tipped off by one of the star's ex-girlfriends and he was initially arrested on December 29, 2015, but later released on $20,000 bail.

According to court records, over 50,000 images and videos of child pornography was found on his laptop.

Once investigators realized the scope of the illegal collection, the matter was referred to federal authorities for further action. In 2008, he was cast as a regular character in the musical comedy-drama, "Glee", as Noah Puckerman. Following his indictment, he was dropped from Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets, a project that also stars Chaz Bono and Denise Richards.

Salling played bad-boy football player Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the hit U.S. show Glee from 2009 to 2015.

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