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Mark Salling surrenders to authorities on child pornography charges

Mark Salling surrenders to authorities on child pornography charges

Actor Mark Salling surrendered to federal authorities in Los Angeles on Friday (03Jun16) as he prepared for his first hearing in his child pornography case.

The former Glee star, who portrayed football playing punk-turned-singer Noah 'Puck' Puckerman on the hit TV series, turned himself in to authorities a week after he was indicted for receiving and possessing child pornography by a grand jury.

The disgraced actor was photographed arriving at the United States Courthouse for the Central District of California with his lawyer on Friday morning, and Deputy U.S. Marshal Matthew Cordova has since confirmed Salling has turned himself in to police.

He is due to be arraigned on Friday afternoon, when prosecutors are expected to request the 33-year-old is held in custody over concerns he may be a flight risk, reports The Associated Press.

However, Salling appeared to be confident his lawyer would be able to secure his release after he was pictured leaving a bank on Thursday (02Jun16), clutching a cheque made out to the Clerk of the US District Court for $100,000 (£69,000), suggesting the funds are for his bond.

Salling was arrested on 29 December (15) after police officers raided his home in Sunland, California following a tip-off, and allegedly discovered "thousands" of inappropriate images on his personal devices, which were seized.

He was taken into custody following the bust by the Los Angeles Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force unit and released after posting $20,000 (£13,800) bail.

If convicted, Salling faces up to 20 years in prison for receiving child pornography and 20 years for possessing it.

- Cover Media