Actor Mark Salling, formerly of ‘Glee,’ arrested on child pornography charges

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LOS ANGELES — Authorities say former “Glee” star Mark Salling has been arrested in Los Angeles for investigation of possessing child pornography.

Police Officer Tony Im says the 33-year-old actor was taken into custody Tuesday after a warrant was served at his home in the Sunland area.

Im says Salling had been investigated by the LAPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, but he did not elaborate.

Representatives for Salling did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Im didn’t know if Salling has a lawyer.

Salling is best known for playing bad-boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman on TV’s musical dramedy “Glee,” which aired on Fox from 2009 until earlier this year.

He shared a Screen Actors Guild award with the cast in 2010, when they won for outstanding TV comedy ensemble.

Salling is also a musician and released his debut album “Pipe Dreams” in 2010.

According to People magazine:

“He was taken into custody this morning for possession of child porn,” Officer Aaron Jefferson of the Los Angeles Police Department tells PEOPLE.

The actor is getting booked in downtown L.A.”

TMZ adds:

Our sources say an ex-girlfriend of Salling’s tipped off cops and they investigated before the raid to make sure it wasn’t a revenge allegation.

Salling has had his share of legal problems. In 2013 he was sued by a woman who claimed he committed sexual battery on her by forcing sex without a condom. Salling denied the charge and the case settled.

According to TMZ, hundreds of images were found on Salling’s computer of “children…younger than 15 and 16 year old.”

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