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‘Glee’ Star Mark Salling Faces Judge in Child Porn Case

‘Glee’ Star Mark Salling Faces Judge in Child Porn Case
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UPDATE: Mark Salling pled not guilty to charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. He was released on $150,000 bond, but will be required to wear a monitoring device. Law enforcement can search his home at any time. For now, he must stay away from minors and is not allowed to have a computer unless approved by the court. Salling is also forbidden to use any device with access to the internet.

The actor must not contact the woman who tipped off police or any witnesses or victims in the case. He must hand over his passport, and is being asked to find employment. Salling's trial is set for July 12.

As “Crime Watch Daily” first reported, the U.S. Attorney’s office filed paperwork in Los Angeles for a federal indictment against actor Mark Salling for charges related to child pornography.

Salling voluntarily turned himself in this morning, and has been formally booked by U.S. marshals.

Crime Watch Daily” also spoke with U.S. Attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek, who explained Salling is set to be arraigned this afternoon.

“He will be asked to enter a plea, which I presume will be a not guilty to the two counts in the indictment,” Mrozek said. “A trial date will be set, likely sometime in late July, early August, and bond will be discussed, we have agreed to a bond with his lawyer so I do expect him to be freed after the arraignment.”

Mrozek claimed there were thousands of images found on Salling’s device, saying authorities are still going through all the material, “He had a very extensive and well-organized collection of child pornography on his computer. If you read the indictment, there are file names under which these images were stored on the computer; one of them is very descriptive… This type of behavior is disturbing, it is disturbing because these are images of real children who were molested by adults at some point and every time these images are distributed, or sold, or traded, and eventually viewed by someone, that person is victimized again and that is why we take these types of crimes so seriously.”

Salling’s attorney, Dmitry Gorin, also spoke to "Crime Watch Daily" before the arraignment at the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse. When asked about his client's plea, Gorin said, “We’re going to do all our talking in court so I can’t comment on that." He added, “We hope the media give Mr. Salling a chance to deal with the case in court.“

As “Crime Watch Daily” first reported, Salling, 33, was arrested December 29 after the Los Angeles Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in partnership with Homeland Security obtained a search warrant for his home in Sunland, California, and obtained more than a thousand images from Salling’s personal devices. Neither Salling nor his attorney, Alan Eisner, had any comment when they arrived at court this morning.

Yesterday, Daily Mail obtained photos of Mark leaving a bank with a $100,000 cashier’s check, which was made payable to "Clerk of the U.S. District Court."

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Salling was dropped from the upcoming miniseries “Gods and Secrets” after he was indicted for receiving and possessing child pornography. Executive producer Adi Shankar wrote in a statement, "He has been cut from the miniseries. I will personally be paying for the reshoots, and I hope that Mark finds inner peace.”

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