'Glee' actor pleads not guilty to child abuse image charges

The actor was arrested in December after federal agents say they found a 'very extensive and well organised collection' on his computer

Feliks Garcia
New York
Saturday 04 June 2016 18:07
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Glee actor Mark Salling pleaded not guilty to charges of receiving and possessing child sex abuse images.

Salling, who played Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the Fox series, will now be required to have federal authorities approve his internet-connecting devices and wear a location monitoring bracelet, according to the Associated Press.

Prosecutors reportedly reached an agreement with Salling’s attorneys to release the actor on $150,000 bail. They initially sought to have the actor held without bail.

US Magistrate Judge Rozella A Oliver set a July trial date with Salling, who will have to pay the court $100,000 to guarantee the appearance.

A grand jury indicted Salling last week on two counts of receiving and possessing child sex abuse images. Salling was arrested in December after federal authorities say they found the images on a seized laptop, hard drive, and flash drive.

US Attorney spokesperson Thom Mrozek said that Salling kept a “very extensive and well organised collection” of images depicting child sex abuse.

“This type of behaviour is disturbing,” he added.

Salling faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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