Glee's Mark Salling Pleads Guilty in Child Pornography Case

Actor is currently out on bail and will be sentenced in early March 2018

By Mike Vulpo Dec 19, 2017 12:01 AMTags

UPDATEMark Salling appeared in court Monday and plead guilty  to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, E! News confirms. He is currently out on bail and will be sentenced in early March. 

His attorney Michael Proctor told E! News in a statement, "Mark is focused on accepting responsibility and atoning for his conduct."


Mark Salling appears to be taking some responsibility for his actions.

Just weeks before the Glee star was set to stand trial in his ongoing child pornography case, E! News has learned that the actor has entered a plea agreement.

In court documents obtained by E! News, the defendant plans to plead guilty to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.

Mark has agreed to serve 4-7 years behind bars and will be under supervised release for 20 years. He will register as a sex offender and will pay restitution to each victim who has requested it.

E! News has learned that the plea agreement still has to be accepted by the judge. The trial is also still set for October 17.

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We've reached out to Mark's attorney for any additional comment.

Back in May of 2016, the Glee star was charged in a federal indictment with allegedly receiving and possessing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"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."

Since the indictment, Mark was fired from his upcoming mini-series Gods and Secrets. He also pleaded not guilty to federal charges last summer. 

Mark is most known for his role as high school jock Noah "Puck" Puckerman on Glee. The Fox series ran from 2009 to 2015.

Most of his co-stars have stayed silent on his legal troubles except for former co-star and ex-girlfriend Naya Rivera who shared her reaction to his indictment in her book Sorry Not Sorry.

"I can't say I was totally shocked, but still–WTF?" she wrote. "My son's nanny actually told me about it when the story broke. Then I had no doubt that God really did have my back along the way."

(This story was originally published Thursday, October 4, 2017 at 2:59 p.m.)