Friday, September 30, 2016

Mark Salling: Glee Star Downloaded Child Porn Videos

Mark Salling: Glee Star Downloaded Child Porn Videos

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Former Glee star Mark Salling was indicted over child pornography charges following his high-profile arrest last December.

A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said that child pornography is an abhorrent crime and those who download or distribute materials only serve to perpetuate the demand, says E! News.

“Young victims are harmed every time an image is generated, every time it is distributed, and every time it is viewed,” U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker said.

Mark Salling was arrested inside his apartment in Sunland, California by members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department on Dec. 29.

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Although initial reports claimed that voluminous child pornography materials were seized from his computer, he was only charged with possession of two incriminating videos, the report said, according to Fox17.

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In January of this year, In Touch Weekly reported that Hudson Wells, a friend of Mark Salling for 13 years, claimed that the Glee actor was devastated following his arrest over child porn.

Wells also said that although the actor should be treated innocent until proven guilty, “I think there’s got to be some sort of substance to the allegations.”

He explained that the police wouldn’t have barged into the house of Mark Salling with an arrest warrant and hauled him to jail over child porn allegations if they had to cause of doing so.

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Mark Salling is still out on bail although he committed to present himself before federal authorities on June 3, where he is also expected to be arraigned. The Glee actor paid the court $20,000 for his temporary freedom.

Joseph Macias, special agent in charge of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Los Angeles Office, said that those who prey upon children don’t really stay on one class or status, so the actor’s arrest should not be cause for a surprise even if he’s a celebrity.

“The traditional stereotype about the kinds of people who commit child sexual exploitation crimes simply doesn’t dovetail with reality,” the officer said.