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Former 'Glee' Star Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Child Pornography

From 2009 through 2015, the television show ‘Glee’ attracted quite a following. Over the course of its 121 episodes, viewers were captivated by the trials and tribulations of McKinley High School's glee club, known as New Directions. It’s a memorable show that has its place in pop culture history, but an unseemly memory has now been forever attached to the show. As Hollywood Life shares, one of the actors that appeared on the series has plead guilty to possession of child pornography.

The stunning news first emerged back in 2015, and the guilty plea confirms the allegations were not some sort of awful misunderstanding.

“Mark Salling, 35, best known as Noah 'Puck' Puckerman on Glee, has chosen to plead guilty to charges of possession of child pornography, according to The Blast. The decision is part of a plea agreement which will still involve the TV star serving somewhere between 4 to 7 years in prison,” Hollywood Life shares. “But that isn’t the end of the consequences the actor faces in light of the serious charges. Mark was first arrested for the alleged discovery of thousands of pornographic images on his computer in 2015.”

In addition to the jail time that he’s looking at, Salling will also have to register as a sex offender. He’ll be prohibited from interacting with individuals under the age of 18, and he will have to remain at least 100 feet away from schools, playgrounds, parks, public swimming pools, and arcades. In addition, he’ll be required to enroll in a treatment program for sex offenders, and he’ll also be on the hook to pay $50,000 to each of his victims as restitution. These are not the only allegations that have been leveled against the troubled young actor.

“A woman came forward in Oct. 2016 claiming that Mark raped her. The alleged incident occurred several months into their relationship. The report, filed in April 2016, claims that four years earlier they were in the midst of having sex when she asked him to stop,” Hollywood Life adds. “However, according to the police report, he ignored her protests. Later in the month, that case against Mark was thrown out. His new plea agreement follows his initial plea of not guilty in June 2016.”

Salling was arrested on the child pornography charges as the result of a tip. He was discovered to be in possession of thousands of images on his laptop and hard drive, and he was facing up to 20 years behind bars for two counts of receiving and possessing images of child sexual abuse. It appears that he has entered into a plea deal with California's district attorney to secure a lighter sentence.

No additional information has emerged on the terms of the plea deal as of yet, but we can’t fathom a scenario in which it makes sense to drop a potential two-decade sentence to less than half of that for such a repulsive and nauseating crime.

Source: BBC, Hollywood Life
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