Mark Sailing pleaded not guilty to federal pornography charges Friday as he had his internet usage and travel severely restricted.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Rozella A. Oliver ruled Mark Salling can be released after he posts $150,000 bail, including $100,000 of his own money to guarantee future court appearances. Salling, 33, answered several questions from the judge and entered not guilty during his court appearance, which also resulted in a July trial date being set.
Salling, who played bad-boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the Fox musical dramedy, was charged last week with two counts receiving and possessing child pornography after a grand jury indicted him last week. U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said investigators found an extensive, carefully organized collection of child pornography during searches of Salling’s electronic devices.
Prosecutors initially wanted Salling held without bail, but came to an agreement with the actor’s attorneys to allow bail to be posted. Salling’s attorney Alan Eisner surrendered Salling’s passport during Friday’s hearing. Salling’s internet-connected devices must now be approved by federal authorities, he will have to wear a location monitoring bracelet and submit to drug testing as conditions of his release, Oliver said.
If convicted, he could face as much as 20 years in prison on each of the charges.The actor is best known for his long-running role on Glee, which aired from 2009 to 2015. He also released an album, Pipe Dreams, in 2010. He shared a Screen Actors Guild award with the Glee cast in 2010 when the show was honored for outstanding TV comedy ensemble.
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