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Actor Mark Salling pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

Actor Mark Salling pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

Mark Salling

A Glee actor is going to do prison time after striking a plea deal regarding child pornography.

Actor Mark Salling, who played the jock Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman on the hit musical television series from 2009-15, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent girl.

The 35-year-old actor could be sentenced to as long as 20 years in prison. However, court documents obtained by The Blast show Salling will serve four to seven years in prison as part of the plea bargain.

The Blast also reported that Salling must register as a sex offender and have no communication with anyone under the age of 18 unless in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

After he completes his prison term, he will be required to stay at least 100 feet away from schoolyards, parks, playgrounds, public swimming pools and video arcades.

Salling was also ordered to pay $50,000 (€42,500, £37,800) in restitution to each victim who has requested it.

People magazine reported that federal investigators found more than 25,000 images and 600 videos depicting child pornography on computers and thumb drives that belonged to Salling.

The actor was arrested in December 2015 at his home in Los Angeles after a former girlfriend notified police of the child pornography cache.

In May 2016, he was formally charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. After several delays, his trial began on 12 September 2017.