Mark Salling’s Child Porn Case Dismissed After ‘Glee’ Star’s Suicide

Actor was scheduled for sentencing in March, but took his own life last month

The child pornography case against “Glee” star Mark Salling has officially been dismissed, following the “Glee” star’s suicide last month.

Federal judge Otis D. Wright signed off on the dismissal Wednesday, bringing a close to the case.

“The government’s motion to dismiss the indictment pursuant to Rule 48 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure is GRANTED,” Wright’s order reads.

The case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning it could be brought back up at a later date.

Prosecutors filed papers Monday seeking the dismissal.

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 on the Fox musical series, pleaded guilty to possessing approximately 25,000 images of children engaged in sexual conduct, the U.S. Department of Justice said in December.

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

The actor was scheduled to be sentenced in March. 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.

Salling also agreed to pay $50,000 in restitution to each of his victims.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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