Glee's Mark Salling Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

Actor was known for his role of Noah "Puck" Puckerman on Glee

By Lily Harrison May 27, 2016 8:40 PMTags
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Former Glee actor Mark Salling was charged today in a federal indictment with receiving and possessing child pornography, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office press release.

"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. "Young victims are harmed every time an image is generated, every time it is distributed, and every time it is viewed."

The 33-year-old actor was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of child pornography following his arrest last December.

Last year, the Los Angeles Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Unit served a search warrant at Salling's Sunland, Calif., address and seized a personal computer—which, according to court documents, allegedly contained thousands of images and videos of child pornography.

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One count against the actor involves a flash drive which allegedly contains images of a minor under the age of 12.

Should Salling be convicted of receiving child porn, he faces a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.

This isn't Salling's first run-in with police. Back in early 2013, the actor's ex Roxanne Gorzela filed a lawsuit accusing Salling of sexual battery and assault during a March 2011 incident.

When the lawsuit was finally settled in March 2015, Salling was ordered by a judge to pay $2.7 million to Gorzela

TMZ first reported the news.

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