Glee star Mark Salling arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn

 Actor Mark Salling stars as Noah Puckerman, or Puck, in Glee.
Actor Mark Salling stars as Noah Puckerman, or Puck, in Glee.PHOTO: FOX INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS, AFP) – Actor Mark Salling, 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 brash high school football player Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the Fox network series about an unlikely school choir, was taken into custody in the Sunland neighbourhood north of Los Angeles, LAPD spokeswoman Liliana Preciado said.

He was later released on US$20,000 (S$28,000) bail, and must appear in court January 22.

Salling was arrested by officers serving search warrants for Internet possession of child pornography, according to the spokeswoman.

Preciado said she had no further details on the case, which will be turned over to prosecutors to decide whether to bring any formal charges against the actor.

With its diverse cast of characters and energetic cover versions 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 2015 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 failed to win.

Salling’s representatives were not immediately available for comment.