Actor Mark Salling, best known for his appearance in the popular TV series “Glee,” was indicted Friday on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography, federal prosecutors announced.
Salling, 33, allegedly used the Internet to receive a still image and a video of young girls on December 26, 2015, according to a two-count indictment returned to a grand jury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California said in a news release.
A resident of the San Fernando Valley’s Shadow Hills neighborhood, the actor is also accused of possessing two videos that show child pornography on December 29, the statement said.
Through his attorney, Salling has agreed to turn himself in to federal authorities on June 3, prosecutors said. He is expected to be arraigned on that day.
“The traditional stereotype about the kinds of people who commit child sexual exploitation crimes simply doesn’t dovetail with reality,” said Special Agent in Charge Joseph Macias of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Los Angeles field office. “As our investigators can attest, the defendants in child pornography cases come in all ages and from all walks of life.”
Salling portrayed Noah “Puck” Puckerman in 96 episodes of “Glee” from 2009 to 2015, according to IMDB.com. He also appeared in the films “Rocky Road” and “Glee: the 3D Concert Movie.”
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