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Sanskriti Adigal, Staff Writer

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  On Tuesday January 30, Mark Salling was found hanging from a tree near a riverbed in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles. Some sources claim Salling was reported missing to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) by a family member earlier that morning. Others claim that police were conducting a welfare check on Salling at which point they found his car and investigated for a suicide.

  The former Glee star, who starred as Noah Puckerman on the show, had been arrested in December 2015 for a connection to child pornography. In late May of 2016, a federal grand jury had indicted the actor with charges for possessing thousands of images and videos of child pornography on his laptop and flash drive.

  In October 2017, Salling plead guilty to his two-count indictment, and for the possession of over 25,000 videos and 600 images often involving prepubescent minors being abused.

  Salling was expected to be sentenced for four to seven years, register as a sex offender and enter a treatment program. The actor was prohibited from maintaining verbal and electronic communication with minors, and had to keep a 100 feet distance from public areas such as schools, parks, and youth centers. A $50,000 restitution was also to be given to each victim.

  Salling was found dead weeks before the prison sentencing which was confirmed for March.

 In response, Sally Park (10) states, “I think he committed suicide because his crimes were public. He probably couldn’t handle people knowing his crimes and it would follow him everywhere.”

  In August of 2017, Salling had also cut his wrists in an earlier suicide attempt but was taken by the ambulance after his roomate discovered the bleeding. However Salling’s lawyer, Michael Proctor, had denied the accusations stating, “Mark is physically fine and Mark is spending his time atoning and working on himself.”

 Federal prosecutors will not push forward any of the charges or fines as it is standard practice to drop them in the case of death. Victims may still choose to sue Salling’s estate.

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Sanskriti Adigal is the Entertainment Editor for 2018-19 staff of Smoke Signals. She likes being involved in the community and is in organizations such...

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