Four months after trying to commit suicide, Glee star Mark Salling has pleaded guilty to charges of child pornography, according to TMZ. The charges stem from his 2015 arrest, which was the result of a search warrant discovering thousands of illegal images on his personal computer, and prosecutors have asked that he be punished with a 4-7 year prison stay. He will be sentenced in March, and is currently out of prison on bail.
Documents obtained by The Blast in October showed that Mark agreed to a plea deal which will require him to register as a sex offender as well as serve between four and seven years behind bars. Additionally, he will have no communication with anyone under the age of 18 (unless he’s the minor's legal parent or guardian), will be under supervised release for the two decades following his jail sentence, and will be forbidden from being within 100 feet of schoolyards, parks, public swimming pools, playgrounds, and arcades. He will also be ordered to pay $50,000 to each victim who requests it, and will be ordered to complete a sex offender treatment program. On Dec. 18 he made good on his end of the bargain and entered his guilty plea in a Los Angeles courthouse.
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Prior to the terms of his plea agreement, the 35-year-old was facing up to 20 years behind bars had he been found guilty. The decision to enter a plea agreement came after he pleaded not guilty on the charges last year following an indictment on two counts of child pornography — including one count that involved a flash drive which allegedly contained an image of a child under the age of 12.
Mark has kept an incredibly low profile since his initial arrest back in December 2015, and the first we really heard about him since his original arrest came when he allegedly slit his wrists in a suicide attempt in August before accepting his plea deal in October.