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Mark Salling Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Possession

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Mark Salling Child Porn Guilty Plea

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Mark Salling Child Porn Guilty Plea

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Mark Salling has pled guilty to possession of child pornography, Gossip Cop has learned. The actor has agreed to serve four to seven years in prison as part of his plea agreement. He had been facing up to 40 years behind bars when he was initially indicted on the charges back in May 2016.

As Gossip Cop reported, Salling was arrested for possession of child pornography in December 2015 after the LAPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force discovered more than a thousand explicit images and videos of underage kids on his laptop and flash drive. Police had raided the “Glee” star’s home with a search warrant after being tipped off by his ex-girlfriend that he was in possession of the illicit material, which showed minors as young as 10-years-old engaging in sexual activity.

In addition to Salling’s prison sentence, the actor must also register as a sex offender and enter a treatment program as part of his guilty plea. He’s also been ordered to say 100 feet away from areas where kids are present, such as schoolyards, playgrounds and video arcades. The actor will also have to pay $50,000 in restitution to all of his victims, but it’s unclear at this time how many people are owed.

As Gossip Cop previously noted, Salling initially pled not guilty to receiving and possessing child pornography back in June 2016, shortly after he was indicted by a grand jury on the charges. At the time, the actor was ordered to surrender his passport, wear a monitoring bracelet, and get approval from federal authorities before using any devices that connect to the Internet. Salling had been facing up to 20 years in prison for the count of receiving the illegal porn, as well as another 20 years for the possession count. Salling’s official prison sentence has yet to be determined, but Gossip Cop will have updates.


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