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Child pornography charges filed against actor Mark Salling

A celebrity in California was recently indicted on charges related to child pornography. The celebrity facing child pornography charges is Mark Salling, an actor who used to appear on the show Glee. The federal grand jury indictment occurred on a Friday.

Salling has been charged with possessing and receiving child pornography on his laptop as well as on a flash drive. Images of young girls were reportedly seized from the actor's home back in December. Police said the traditional stereotype of people who commit crimes involving the sexual exploitation of a child does not always align with reality, emphasizing that child porn cases' defendants come from various walks of life and are of all ages.

If the man is convicted, he faces as many as 20 years behind prison bars on each of the two charges. Through his lawyer, the actor recently said he would surrender to authorities to face his charges. At that time, his arraignment would take place.

An individual facing child pornography charges at the state or federal level in California may go to trial to fight the charges or might seek to strike a plea deal with the prosecution. The possible advantage of a plea deal, which is offered at the discretion of the prosecution, is that it might lead to lighter charges and thus a more lenient sentence compared with what may typically result from a finding of guilt at trial. The criminal defense will pursue the best outcome for the client considering the circumstances while simultaneously ensuring that his or her legal rights are safeguarded.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "'Glee' Actor Indicted on Child Pornography Charges", Kelly Goff, May 27, 2016

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