Former Glee star Mark Salling has been arrested by LAPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for child pornography yesterday morning from his Sunland, California home.
The LAPD’s unit searched the former Glee star’s computer and found more than a thousand indecent images of child sexual exploitation.
Salling was taken to Los Angeles’ Downtown Jail and was released on bail after 2.30 pm yesterday after paying a fine of $20,000.
His court hearing is set on January 22 next year according to The Hollywood Reporter. If found guilty, the 33 year old TV star could face jail time as possession of more than 600 images carries a punishment of up to five years in prison.
According to Crime Watch Daily who first reported the incident, cops had to use battering rams to get into the house because Salling refused to open the door at first.
Police also had to confiscate his computer and other electronic devices after Salling refused to tell them his password.
According to TMZ the raid comes following a tip off from Salling’s ex-girlfriend and police had to investigate first before conducting the raid to check if it wasn’t for revenge. The identity of the ex-girlfriend has not been confirmed yet.
Mail Online reports that the house raided by LAPD belongs to Jonathan Hernandez, who has been Salling’s roommate since2011.
Salling who shot to fame playing Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman in the hit FOX series Glee had a brush with law earlier in the year too.
In March, Salling reached a $2.7million settlement deal with a woman who had sued him for sexual battery.
In 2011, Roxanne Gorzela claimed that the Glee star forced her to have unprotected sex and on confronting him several days later, he pushed her to the ground injuring her knees.
Salling’s first brush with acting came in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996) in which he starred with Naomi Watts. He also starred in the 2006 release horror movie The Graveyard.