Mark Salling, who played Puck on the wildly popular TV show Glee, has pled guilty to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, as part of a plea deal. The 35-year-old actor has agreed to serve 4-7 years behind bars followed by up to 20 years of supervised release. He must also register as a sex offender and is banned from communication with anyone under age 18 without a legal guardian or parent present, staying 100 feet away from schoolyards and parks, public swimming pools, playgrounds, and video arcade facilities. Salling will also pay $50,000 in restitution to each victim who requested it.
The actor was arrested in December 2015 on suspicion of possessing “hundreds” of images plus two videos featuring underage girls on his personal computer after his girlfriend alerted authorities. In fact, federal investigators discovered thousands of pornographic images with children ages 3–5 on a hard drive and 16-gigabyte USB flash drive, according to court documents.
Salling has had his share of legal problems in recent years. In 2013 he was sued by a woman who claimed he committed sexual battery on her by forcing sex without a condom. Salling denied the charge and the case was settled for $2.7 million in 2015.
In 2016, he was accused of raping a 22-year-old woman, according to a police report filed by the alleged victim. He was ultimately not charged by the L.A. County District Attorney who cited insufficient evidence, lack of corroboration, and a 4 year delay in reporting the alleged crime.
And just as a side note: Before Glee, Mark was the lead singer in the Christian rock band Jericho. *Smh*
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