In December of 2015, Glee fans were shocked to hear that Mark Salling, who played Noah Puckerman, was the target of an investigation conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children task force. It was alleged that Salling had a collection of child pornography, and police raided his home.
The raid uncovered Salling was in possession of more than 54,000 photos and videos of child pornography, involving prepubescent minors. He was arrested immediately but was released on $20,000 bail.
Almost one year after he was charged, Salling said that he was "pleading guilty because I am guilty of the charges." The actor avoided a longer sentence of at least 20 years and a lifetime of supervised parole due to his guilty plea. He agreed to serve four to seven years in prison as well as register as a sex offender. He was not allowed to have any form of communication with anyone under the age of 18 unless the minor's parent or legal guardian was present.
The deal, which must still be signed by a federal judge, also entails that he will spend 20 years under supervised release, meaning his internet usage will be monitored. Once he is out of prison, he must attend mandatory counselling and stay 100 feet away from areas highly frequented by children, such as schools, swimming pools, playgrounds, etc.
Today, Salling was found dead.