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Between Corey Monteith’s tragic death and Naya Rivera getting charged with domestic battery, things aren’t going so well for some members of the Glee cast.
But the worst of all has to be where Mark Salling’s life has taken him.
And he has now entered his guilty plea for possession of child porn.
Back in October, Mark Salling finally agreed to a guilty plea for his child porn charges.
According to the terms of his plea agreement, he’ll serve from 4 to 7 years in prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release.
Obviously, he’ll have to register as a sex offender and enroll in a counseling program.
Considering that prosecutors had found about 50,000 images of prepubescent children on his personal devices and reportedly discovered a video of a 5-year-old girl performing a sex act, he’s getting off lightly.
He could have faced 20 or more years in prison.
Considering that the little girls whose photos and videos he had in his possession will never get to have normal or healthy childhoods, many feel that Salling should rot behind bars.
The legal process works much more slowly than it does on television, folks.
Mark Salling agreed to the plea deal in October, shortly after the former Glee actor reportedly attempted suicide.
He’s entering the plea now, in December.
And he won’t be sentenced until March 7th.
It would be unorthodox for him to receive a sentence beyond the plea agreement that he made with prosecutors, since usually sentencing following a plea deal is mostly a formality.
But there’s always a chance of a dramatic upset if a judge determines that a plea is, for example, too lenient. Or perhaps if new evidence of further wrongdoings is unearthed.
That’s still very unlikely.
4 to 7 years is a long time to have your entire life on hold, and there are some people who would argue that child pornography is a “victimless crime.”
We have to believe that the children who were victimized on camera would disagree.
Any sympathy we might have for someone whose brain has a few crossed wires that cause a blurring of their nurture instincts and their sexual attraction goes away the moment that they participate in the victimization of actual children.
(The same way that we stop feeling sorry for someone whose instincts for food and sex are blurred the moment that they start, you know, eating people)
If it helps quash any lingering vestiges of sympathy for Salling, he allegedly responded to news of Ed Westwick raping his girlfriend by breaking up with her instead of, you know, confronting him, comforting her, or suggesting filing a police report.
Anyway, Mark Salling will spend time in prison.
We hope, however, that the time that he spends in mandatory counseling after his release will help him to combat his urges.
Given that he had tens of thousands of these horrifying images, we’d say that he developed a wildly unhealthy compulsion.
But since he’s dated adult women, we have to assume that he could one day lead a healthy sex life.
Assuming, of course, that any woman would have him.
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According to multiple new reports, Mark Salling slit his wrists and tried to kill himself prior to striking a plea bargain in his child pornography case.
The incident allegedly took place in the bedroom of Salling’s Los Angeles home on August 22, both TMZ and The Mirror write.
The disgraced ex-Glee star cut both his wrists and quickly “freaked out,” an insider says, explaining that Salling yelled for his roommate almost immediately upon realizing what he had done.
The roommate rushed in, found Salling covered in blood and called 911.
Paramedics then rushed to the scene, placed the actor in an ambulance and took him to the hospital.
TMZ reports that Salling was taken for psychiatric evaluation after this suicide attempt – and, days later, was transported to a rehab facility for psychological issues.
It’s unclear if he was officially diagnosed with any official condition or ailment.
But if you’re wondering why Salling is almost always wearing long sleeves, even in California, it’s because he has scars on his arms from this cutting.
Earlier this month, Salling reached a plea deal on charges that stemmed from police finding over 50,000 images of child porn and erotica on his personal computer.
The actor, best known for playing Noah Puckerman for years on the aforementioned Fox comedy, faces four to seven years in prison for this crime.
He has also agreed to make restitution, in the amount of $ 50,000 per victim, although it’s unknown at this time just how many victims are actually included among Salling’s heinous misdeeds.
A judge has not yet handed down a sentence.
As part of Salling’s eventual release, however, he will be registered as a sex offender.
Moreover, he will not be allowed to live within view of any school yards, parks, public swimming pools, playgrounds, video arcades, or any other places that are regularly visited by people under the age of 18.
TMZ, meanwhile, says it has spoken to Salling’s attorney and he denied this suicide story.
However, he did not say which details were incorrect, adding:
“Mark is physically fine and Mark is spending his time atoning and working on himself.”
He very clearly has a lot to work on.