Mark Salling Child Porn Case: Prosecutors Seek Dismissal After ‘Glee’ Actor’s Suicide

Actor took his own life prior to his scheduled sentencing

Prosecutors are seeking the dismissal of the child porn case against “Glee” alum Mark Salling following the actor’s suicide.

In court papers filed Monday, attorneys for the federal government stated, “Pursuant to Rule 48 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and by leave of court endorsed herein, the United States Attorney for the Central District of California hereby moves to dismiss the above-referenced case at to defendant Mark Wayne Salling, without prejudice.”

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office determined that Salling, 35, died of asphyxia by hanging, deeming the manner of his death to be suicide.

The actor, best known for playing Noah “Puck” Puckerman, pleaded guilty to possessing approximately 25,000 images of children engaged in sexual conduct, the U.S. Department of Justice said in December. He was due to be sentenced in March.

Salling specifically pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent.

In October’s plea agreement, Salling acknowledged that he downloaded the images from the internet in 2015 and used software designed to conceal his activity.

The charge that Salling pleaded to carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence, but under the plea agreement, the parties agreed that a four to seven-year prison sentence would be appropriate.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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