Mark Salling child pornography case may be dismissed in wake of suicide

Los Angeles prosecutors have asked a judge to drop the child pornography case against former Glee star Mark Salling, who was found dead last weekend of an apparent suicide.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Salling was found hanged to death last Tuesday at the Starwood Riding Club in Los Angeles, weeks before he was facing sentencing for a child pornography conviction.

Shortly before taking his life, Salling had pleaded guilty to possession of well over 50,000 images of child pornography on a computer and on a thumb drive. He was scheduled to sentenced on March 7,  and was looking at a prison sentence of four to seven years. Salling also would have been required to register as a sex offender.

TMZ reports that on Tuesday, prosecutors filed a request to dismiss Salling’s indictment without prejudice, meaning they could re-open the case again, an unlikely event in light of Salling’s death.

As of Tuesday afternoon, a judge had not issued a decision.



[Feature image: Associated Press/Mark Salling]