\'Glee\' Star Mark Salling Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Possession
Mark Salling Arrives For a Court Appearance at United States Courthouse – Central District of California on June 3, 2016
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‘Glee’ Star Mark Salling Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Possession

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Glee star Mark Salling pled guilty to child porn possession yesterday, and now faces up to 7 years in jail. 

Court documents were obtained showing the 35-year-old struck a plea deal with prosecutors, which could see him spend between 4 and 7 years in jail.

He was previously facing a 20-year sentence. 

Federal investigators found more than 25,000 images and 600 videos of child porn on Salling's computer in 2015, some of which depicted children as young as 3 years old. 

 

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The Glee actor — who played Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the hit show from 2009-2015 — will register as a sex offender and will have to attend a treatment program, on top of his prison sentence.

According to court documents, obtained by The Blast, he is to have no verbal or electronic contact with anyone under the age of 18 and must stay 100 feet away from schools, parks, public swimming pools, youth centers, playgrounds and arcades.

He also has to pay $50,000 in restitution to each victim who requests it.

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In December 2015, Salling's girlfriend at the time called police after he showed her child porn images. 

He was subsequently arrested after a laptop, hard drive, and USB flash drive was seized from his residence. 

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“Defendant attempted to conceal his activity by using software that masked his IP address,” the plea agreement states. 

“However, on at least two occasions in 2015, defendant showed his child pornography to an adult woman in the context of their sexual relationship. 

"This was ultimately reported to law enforcement.”

In 2013, Salling was sued for sexual battery by his ex-girlfriend, Roxanne Gorzela, who accused him of forcing her into unprotected sex.

He later settled with her for $2.7million.

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He also dated Glee costar Naya Rivera from 2007 to 2010.

The actress said in her memoir, 'Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes & Growing Up,' she wasn't "shocked" by the child porn charges. 

"My son's nanny actually told me about it when the story broke,' she wrote.

"Then I had no doubt that God really did have my back along the way."

A court date for his sentencing has not yet been set. 

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Mark Salling Heads to Court on June 3, 2016
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