Glee actor Mark Salling pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

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GLEE actor Mark Salling has pleaded guilty to two counts of child pornography.

Police found 50,000 “sexually charged” images on the 35-year-old’s computer, including pictures containing a pre-pubescent child, and was initially facing 20 years jail time.

 Glee actor Mark Salling has pleaded guilty to two counts of child pornography

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Glee actor Mark Salling has pleaded guilty to two counts of child pornography

However, TMZ reports prosecutors are looking for a sentence of between four and seven years with 20 years of supervised release.

The star, who played bad boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman in the hit US show, has agreed to compensate the children in the photos to the tune of $50,000 each.

Police were reportedly tipped off by one of Salling’s ex-girlfriends and he was arrested on December 29, 2015, but later released on $20,000 bail.

The case was referred to federal authorities after investigators realised the scope of the collection.

 Police found 50,000 "sexually charged" images on the 35-year-old's computer

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Police found 50,000 “sexually charged” images on the 35-year-old’s computer
 Salling played bad boy Noah 'Puck' Puckerman in the hit US show

Salling played bad boy Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman in the hit US show
 Police were reportedly tipped off by one of Salling’s ex-girlfriends and he was arrested on December 29, 2015

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Police were reportedly tipped off by one of Salling’s ex-girlfriends and he was arrested on December 29, 2015

Lieutenant Andrea Grossman, commander of the LAPD Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, said: “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, if you hurt a child you will be held accountable.

She added: “These images are more than photographs, they are child abuse.”

He was previously sued by ex-girlfriend Roxanne Gorzela for sexual battery.

She claimed Salling 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 injury to her knees.

The pair settled the case for a reported $2.7 million and Mark admitted to causing her to fall and injure herself through negligence.

 The case was referred to federal authorities after investigators realised the scope of the collection

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The case was referred to federal authorities after investigators realised the scope of the collection
 Salling starred alongside Lea Michele in Glee

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Salling starred alongside Lea Michele in Glee
Glee’ star arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn

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