UPDATE (3:00 PM, 6/4): Following his arraignment at a federal courthouse in Los Angeles, Salling pleaded not guilty to the child pornography charges against him. He was released on a $150,000 bail, and his trial is set to begin on July 12. Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the United States Attorney’s Office, stated, “He is going to be wearing an ankle bracelet for monitoring. He has been ordered to not have any contact with children, the Internet and drugs.”
Original story (7:00, 5/27): Back in December, Mark Salling (Puck from Glee) was arrested due to possession of child pornography. When police searched his home they seized a laptop, hard drive and USB flash drive which had images and videos depicting child pornography. Salling was released on bail at that time, but the case was referred to federal authorities.
According to a press release, the 33-year-old actor has now been charged in a federal indictment for receiving and possessing child pornography. If convicted, Salling could face up to 20 years in federal prison, with a minimum of five.
Joseph Macias, Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Los Angeles, commented:
“While people are often surprised when high-profile individuals come under scrutiny in such investigations, we hope cases like this will raise awareness about law enforcement’s vigilance to combat the online sexual exploitation of children and hold those involved, regardless of their position, accountable for their actions.”
On June 3 Mark Salling is expected to surrender to federal authorities and be arraigned on the charges.