Glee actor Mark Salling has been indicted for receiving and possessing child sex images.
If the 33 year old is convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison for receiving child pornography and 20 years for possessing it.
The US actor was first arrested on 29 December 2015 after a tip off where police officers raided his home in California. They allegedly discovered “thousands” of inappropriate images on his computer, which were immediately seized.
He was taken into custody following the bust by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force unit and released after posting US$20,000 bail.
The images are all of young girls and U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker said: ‘Young victims are harmed every time an image is generated, every time it is distributed and every time it is viewed.’
Sailling agreed to surrender to federal authorities on June 3 to face the charges in the indictment, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
The actor is best known for playing Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman on Glee. He appeared on the show throughout its six-year run from 2009 to 2015.
This is not the first time Salling has been in trouble with the law. He was previously sued by ex-girlfriend Roxanne Gorzela for sexual battery. She claimed he forced her to have unprotected sex with him and then later, when she confronted him over his actions, he allegedly pushed her to the ground and caused her injury. The pair settled the case for a reported $2.7million and whilst the sexual battery case was dropped, Mark admitted to causing her bodily harm through negligence.
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