Glee star arrested for child porn possession

Mark Salling (above) is suspected of possessing “more than 1,000 images of child sexual exploitation” on his computer.
Mark Salling (above) is suspected of possessing “more than 1,000 images of child sexual exploitation” on his computer.

LOS ANGELES • Actor Mark Salling, a star of the hit television show Glee, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of possessing child pornography, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Salling, 33, who played bad boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman in the Fox network series about an unlikely school choir, was arrested by officers serving search warrants for possession of child pornography, the police said.

He was taken into custody in the Sunland neighbourhood north of Los Angeles, was released on bail of US$20,000 (S$28,000), and must appear in court on Jan 22.

The celebrity news website TMZ.com said the authorities had found more than 1,000 images of "child sexual exploitation" on Salling's computer.

The police also seized mobile phones and other electronic devices from the home, TMZ said.

With its diverse cast of characters and energetic covers of pop, rap and Broadway songs, Glee debuted in 2009 and grew into a huge hit worldwide, winning multiple Golden Globe, Emmy and Teen Choice Awards for its cast, writers and directors.

The series ended in March this year with the characters grown up and leading adult lives.

Salling, a native of Dallas, was nominated for Teen Choice Awards in 2010 and 2011, but he failed to win.

His representatives were not immediately available for comment.

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