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Ex-Glee star Mark Salling denies child porn charges

Published 04/06/2016

Mark Salling has denied child porn charges (Invision/AP)
Mark Salling has denied child porn charges (Invision/AP)

A judge has imposed tough internet and travel restrictions on ex-Glee star Mark Salling after the actor appeared in court accused of child pornography charges.

US Magistrate Judge Rozella Oliver said Salling could be be released after posting 150,000 dollars' (£103,000) bail, including 100,000 dollars (£70,000) of his own money, to guarantee future court appearances.

Salling, 33, who played bad-boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the Fox TV high school musical show, answered several questions from the judge and pleaded not guilty during his court appearance in Los Angeles. He will stand trial in July.

Salling was charged last week with two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography after being indicted by a grand jury.

US Attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek said investigators found an extensive, carefully organised collection of child pornography during searches of Salling's electronic devices.

Prosecutors initially sought to have Salling remanded in custody, but reached an agreement with the actor's lawyers to allow bail to be posted. Salling's lawyer Alan Eisner surrendered the actor's passport during Friday's hearing.

Salling's internet-connected devices must now be approved by government authorities and he must wear a location monitoring bracelet and submit to drug testing as conditions of his bail, the judge said.

Salling was arrested at his Los Angeles home last December after police and government agents seized a laptop, hard drive and flash drive that they say contained images and videos depicting child pornography.

He was charged with one count of using the internet to obtain a pornographic still image and video of young girls and a second count of possessing two other child porn videos that also featured young girls.

If convicted, he could face as much as 20 years in prison on each of the charges.

The actor is best known for his long-running role on Glee, which was shown from 2009 to 2015. He also released an album, Pipe Dreams, in 2010.

He shared a Screen Actors Guild award with the Glee cast in 2010 when the show was given an outstanding TV comedy ensemble award.

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