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Glee's Mark Salling pleads not guilty to child pornography charges

Lisa Fogarty


Lisa Fogarty

Lisa Fogarty has written numerous articles for USA Today, The Stir, Opposing Views and other publications. She has covered everything from red carpet events to the discovery of toxic PCBs on school windows. She lives on Long Island, N.Y....

Mark Salling pleaded not guilty to two child pornography charges, but he already faces consequences

Glee's Mark Salling has turned himself in to federal authorities on child pornography charges, but that doesn't mean he is admitting guilt. At his hearing in Los Angeles on Friday, Salling pleaded not guilty to two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography. Salling faces some pretty serious consequences for his alleged actions whether he turns out to be guilty or innocent.

The charges were brought after federal authorities seized thousands of images of underage girls from Salling's laptop, a hard drive and a USB flash drive last December. Salling was told in court that he must meet several conditions in order to be released until his trial. These include posting $150,000 bail ($100,000 of which must be paid out from his own account), wearing a GPS monitoring bracelet and agreeing to take regular drug tests.

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And there's more. Salling's passport was taken away, and he will only be allowed to access electronic devices that have been approved by federal authorities. He isn't allowed to step within 100 feet of a school, park, arcade or any other venue where children hang out.

And it's pretty obvious that his legal woes are going to cost Salling in professional opportunities. The actor, who played Noah "Puck" Puckerman on Glee, was immediately cut from the miniseries Gods and Secrets following news of the child pornography charges.

More: Mark Salling's child pornography case won't be concluding anytime soon

This isn't the first time Salling has had trouble with the law. In 2015, he settled a lawsuit with ex-girlfriend Roxanne Gorzela, who accused him of sexual battery. He was ordered to pay Gorzela $2.7 million.

Salling's trial is set to begin on July 12. If convicted of both federal charges, he faces a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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