8 Devastating Details About The Child Pornography, Sexual Battery & Rape Charges Against Glee's Mark Salling

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The evidence described in his plea agreement was overwhelming.

In tragic news, Mark Salling, the 35-year-old Christian singer and actor who played the famously mohawked Noah 'Puck' Puckerman on "Glee", died by suicide on the morning of Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

While there is currently no report of a suicide note or other message explaining why he chose to hang himself from a tree near a little league field close to his home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Sunland, many outlets have been quick to note the timing of his death in relation to not only his ongoing battle with depression, but the fact that he was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors in December 2017.

 

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Here are 8 devastating details about the child pornography, sexually battery and rape charges files against Mark Salling in the years before his death.

1. He was first arrested for possession of child pornography in 2015.

On December 29, 2015, Salling was arrested by the LAPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force after they received a tip from a woman who was later found in several of the images in his possession. At the time, police told reporters they had found hundreds of images on Salling's home computer. 

At the time, Crime Watch Daily reported"Police used a battering ram to force entry into Salling’s residence [where] 'hundreds' of images were found on one of Salling's personal devices during the search. [His] computer and other electronic devices were also seized after he refused to share his passwords with authorities."

He went free after being processed in the downtown Los Angeles jail on $20,000 bond.

 

2. Authorities found over 50,000 pornographic images and videos on his devices.

According to a 2017 article in Rolling Stone:

"Federal authorities took over the investigation after it became apparent how much illicit content the actor was in possession of... In all, authorities reportedly found over 50,000 images and videos of child pornography and erotica on Salling's laptop, while a thumb drive held an additional 4,000 images and 160 videos. Per federal prosecutors, some of Salling's [female] victims were aged between three and five-years-old. [He also] admitted to using software to hide his IP and download child pornography." 

 

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3. He pleaded guilty in October 2017 in exchange for a reduced sentence.

Although Salling originally pleaded "not guilty" when he was arrested in June 2016, he later signed a plea agreement, at which time he told the press he was "pleading guilty because I am guilty of the charges."

The following conditions are just a small sample of those detailed at length in the 22-page plea agreement he entered into with the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California (the "USAO"), which was first obtained by Deadline:

  • "Defendent shall register as a sex offender, and keep the registration current, in each jurisdiction where defendant resides, to the extent the registration procedures have been established in each jurisdiction... Defendant shall provide of proof of registration to the Probation Officer within three days of defendant's placement on probation/release from imprisonment."
  • "Defendant shall not associate or have verbal, written, telephonic, or electronic communication with any person under the age of 18, except: (a) in the presence of the parent or legal guardian of said minor; and (b) on the condition that defendant notifies said parent or legal guardian of defendant's conviction in the instant offense/prior offense."
  • "Defendant shall not reside within direct view of school yards, parks, public swimming pools, playgrounds, youth centers, video arcade facilities, or other places primarily used by persons under the age of 18."

 

4. The agreement details the horrifying extent of his collection.

A section describing the 'factual basis' of the charges against him states that "on at least two occasions in 2015, defendant showed his child pornography collection to an adult woman in the context of their sexual relationship. This was ultimately reported to law enforcement."

The document then goes on to describe, in heart-wrenching detail, some of what was found on his computer:

  • An image file showing "a prepubescent girl [known to be a victim of child exploitation] orally copulating an adult male's penis." 
  • A video file showing "a prepubescent girl [known to be a victim of child exploitation] laying on her back with her hands above her head while an adult penis rubs and penetrates her vagina."
  • A video file showing "a little girl approximately 3-5 years old [known to be a victim of child exploitation]. She is naked and straddling an adult male while the man's penis penetrates her vagina... Defendant acknowledges that this image, among others in his collection... portrays the sexual abuse or exploitation of a toddler."

The document further describes the highly organized filing system Salling maintained, using as an example "one series of folders [named] as follows: '[girl's name] - 2y,' '[girl's name]] - 3y,' '[girl's name] - 4 y, and [girl's name] - 6y.'"

And perhaps most disturbing, the official document states, "Defendant also possessed [a] document called 'jazzguide,' which is a manual that instructs adult men how to vaginal and anal intercourse with little girls who are between three and six years old."

 

5. Ex-girlfriend Naya Rivera found the charges against Salling unsurprising.

In a 2016 interview, Rivera, who played cheerleader Santana on Glee and dated Salling for three years, told Entertainment Tonight, "He always was a very dark soul to me. I just always felt like there was something that he was wrestling with."

 

6. This wasn't Salling's first serious brush with the law.

In January 2013, ex-girlfriend and Playboy model Roxanne Gorzela filed a complaint alleging Salling was guilty of sexual battery, assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence. 

As reported by E!News, Gorzela "claimed the actor, in March 2011, had unprotected sexual contact with her despite her demands that he wear a condom. She also stated that she became 'overwhelmed with anxiety' in the days following the encounter, worrying that she may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease, at which point she confronted Salling at his home, claiming that he grabbed and pushed her, causing her to hit her head."

The two reached a settlement in March 2015. 

"Per court docs, the singer-songwriter was ordered to pay Gorzela a total of $2,710,155.28. The sum is broken down as follows: $64,155.28 for past medical, $666,000 for future medical, $180,000 for past non-economic damages and $1,800,00 for future non-economic damages."

Salling shrugged off the charges to the media at the time.

“You hear about fraudulent lawsuits all the time,” Salling said. “Until it happens to you, you really don’t grasp what it does, not to just you, but to your family …You just have to stay positive, and I personally have a relationship with Jesus Christ and I count on that myself.”

While authorities cannot reveal the identity of the woman who alerted them to the existence of Salling's child pornography collection, they did state on the record that the Gorzela was NOT the tipster.

 

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7. And it wasn't his last.

Just over a year after settling the case brought by Gorzela and in the midst of the Federal child pornography investigation, yet another woman came forward, this time accusing Salling of rape, as also reported by TMZ at the time.

"The woman told cops she was a 22-year-old virgin at the time, and told Mark, 'I don't know if I can do this.' She claimed he persisted, giving her booze and then engaged in intercourse, all the while she claims she was pleading for him to stop. The woman claimed Mark told her he needed 'five more minutes' and never stopped. The woman also claims she eventually blacked out, only to awake and find Mark sleeping next to her."

Ultimately, however, "the L.A. County District Attorney just rejected the case, citing insufficient evidence, lack of corroboration and a 4 year delay in reporting the alleged crime."

 

8. Nor was this his first attempt to take his own life.

In August 2017, TMZ broke the story of Salling's first suicide attempt:

"We're told the 'Glee' star was in the bedroom of his L.A. area home on August 22 when he cut both of his wrists. We're told Mark 'freaked out' and screamed for his roommate, who discovered him bleeding and called 911.Paramedics rushed to the home where they treated Mark, put him in an ambulance and took him to the hospital. We're told Mark was taken for psychiatric evaluation, and days later, was taken to a rehab facility for psychological issues."

 

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Senior Editor and happily-former divorce coach/mediator Arianna Jeret is a recognized expert on love, sex, and relationships (except when it comes to her own life, of course) who has been featured in Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Style, Fox News, Bustle, Parents and more. Join her Sundays at 10:15 PM EST when she answers ALL of your questions on Facebook Live on YourTangoFor more, follow her on Twitter (@ariannajeret) and Instagram (@ariannajer).

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