Mark Salling was in court today where he formally entered his guilty plea to child pornography charges, but he will not be sentenced until March.
Salling was sporting a shaved head in court and, according to one onlooker, looked pale. He told the judge he was on medication for depression.
During the hearing, the prosecutor went over graphic details about some of the images and video Salling had in possession. Some of the details are disturbing enough that we are choosing not to repeat them.
As The Blast first reported, Salling worked out a plea agreement in October where he agreed to plead guilty to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.
Salling agreed to a sentence of 4-7 years in his plea deal, but the judge said in court today he could still throw the book at Salling and give him the maximum sentence of 20 years.
The former “Glee” star must also register as a sex offender, have no communication with anyone under the age of 18 (unless in the presence of a parent or legal guardian).
Salling was ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution to each victim who has requested it. He was also ordered to enter a sex offender treatment program.
According to the court documents, Salling used the internet in his home from April 2015 through December 2015 to “download thousands of images of child pornography.” The documents say Salling used software to mask his IP address, but showed his child pornography to an adult woman on at least two occasions. That woman ultimately reported him to police.