SHOCKING news. Glee star, Mark Salling, has been arrested for possession of child pornography. Salling played bad boy gleekster, Noah “Puck” Puckerman, on the FOX musical comedy, which wrapped upped a 6 season run in March.
“Glee” star Mark Salling has just been arrested for possessing child porn … TMZ has confirmed. We’re told the LAPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force obtained a warrant and served it Tuesday morning, as first reported by the TV show “Crime Watch Daily.”
We’re told cops searched Salling’s computer at his Sunland home and found hundreds of images. At the time of this post, Salling is being taken to the police station for booking.
Law enforcement sources say the images they captured from Salling’s computer were children … significantly younger than 15 and 16 year olds.
Our sources say an ex-girlfriend of Salling’s tipped off cops and they investigated before the raid to make sure it wasn’t a revenge allegation.
Salling has had his share of legal problems. In 2013 he was sued by a woman who claimed he committed sexual battery on her by forcing sex without a condom. Salling denied the charge and the case settled.
Here’s a link to our story covering the actor’s previous arrest. I unfollowed him on twitter a few weeks ago after a particularly dumb ass rant defending Donald Trump. After calling President Obama a “jamoke” I had to ask myself, “Glee is long over, why am I still following this chucklehead?”
Correction: Salling didn’t attend fellow Glee star, Harry Shum’s recent wedding. The news has got to be shocking for all of the former Glee cast members.
An update from TMZ. The news is not getting better.
Law enforcement sources now tell us they’ve already seen more than a thousand images of “child sexual exploitation” on Salling’s computer. Cops also seized other electronic devices, including tablets and cellphones. We’re also told he lives alone, which will make it hard to argue someone else put the images in the computer.
Our sources say when cops arrived to search the home, Salling was “shocked.”
We’re also told Salling has already lawyered up.
There’s a photo of Mark’s house at the link above.
From Crime Watch Daily:
Police used a battering ram to force entry into Salling’s residence Tuesday morning. Authorities say when they knocked on the door, announced their presence and called out Salling’s name he did not answer. The owner of the home confirmed to authorities the front door is broken.
Police sources tell “Crime Watch Daily” “hundreds” of images were found on one of Salling’s personal devices during the search.
Salling’s computer and other electronic devices were also seized after he refused to share his passwords with authorities, sources tell “Crime Watch Daily.” Investigators are now searching for further images on the devices.
Salling is out of jail on bail via TMZ
We got a shot of Mark leaving the jail — leaning back out of view in the passenger’s seat — after being booked on possession of child porn … specifically porn involving minors “engaging in or simulating sexual conduct.”
We’ve learned the bail was set at $20,000 and his family posted it … they put down $2k, or 10%.
The law provides if there are more than 600 images, the maximum punishment is 5 years in prison.