Who is Mark Salling, what’s the Glee star’s net worth and what are the child porn charges?

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MARK Salling is an American actor and musician who is best known for appearing on hit TV series Glee.

But the star was arrested in December 2015 on suspicion of child pornography offences, and has now pleaded guilty to two counts. Here’s what you need to know about him.

 Mark Salling has pleaded guilty to two child porn offences

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Mark Salling has pleaded guilty to two child porn offences

Who is Mark Salling and what is his net worth?

Mark Salling was born in Dallas, Texas, on August 17, 1982, and was raised in a “strict Christian home”.

He graduated from high school in 2001, before attending the Los Angeles Academy College of Music, where he gave guitar lessons to make a living.

After roles in films Children of the Corn IV and The Graveyard, Salling was cast in the TV show Glee in 2008, playing American football star Noah “Puck” Puckerman.

During his six seasons on the show, his performances led to Salling being nominated for a Teen Choice Award for male Breakout Star.

As a musician, he has released two albums, Smoke Signals in 2008 and Pipe Dreams in 2010.

Salling’s net worth has been estimated at $500,000, and he reportedly lives in Shadow Hills, Los Angeles.

Prior to his arrest on child porn charges, the 35-year-old 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.

 Salling played American football star Noah 'Puck' Puckerman in Glee

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Salling played American football star Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman in Glee

What are the child porn charges faced by Mark Salling?

On October 4, Salling 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.

While he was initially facing 20 years jail time, TMZ reported that prosecutors are looking for a sentence of between four and seven years with 20 years of supervised release.

Salling has agreed to compensate the children in the photos to the tune of $50,000 each.

He will also have to enter a sex offender treatment program as part of his plea deal.

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

He was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography on May 27, 2016.

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

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.”

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