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Former Christian Singer & 'Glee' Actor Mark Salling Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

Mark Salling

Former Christian rock musician and star of the television series "Glee," Mark Salling has pleaded guilty to possessing more than 50,000 images of child pornography.  In 2008, Salling, who recorded under the stage name "Jericho," recorded a Christian album entitled Smoke Signals under Jericho Records. Salling is likely to be sentenced to prison for a period of four to seven years. 

In December 2015, the Los Angeles Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children task force arrested Salling for possessing child pornography. Authorities were tipped about Salling's alleged possession of child porn from an ex-girlfriend. "Salling's computer not only contained pics of underage children in sexual scenes, some of the children were under 10 years of age," noted TMZ.

On May 27, 2016, he was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. As a result of the charges, Salling was removed from the cast of Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets. After several postponements and failed negotiations with prosecutors, his trial began on September 12, 2017, in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. On October 4, 2017, he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. 

"We're told the cops were '100%' they would find what they were looking for based on an interview with a former girlfriend of Salling's as well as other evidence."

Salling had previously had legal trouble stemming from a sexual battery charge back in 2011, according to the UK Daily Mail. "In March he allegedly reached a $2.7million settlement with a woman who had sued him for sexual battery," the Daily Mail reported in January 2016.

"Roxanne Gorzela claimed he forced her to have unprotected sex and then when she confronted him several days later, he pushed her to the ground injuring her knees. It was reported that the case was settled midway through trial after Gorzela dropped the sexual battery claim."

 

 

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