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Mark Salling’s victims lose $50,000 as death leaves plea deal incomplete

Salling pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in December (Picture: Getty Images)
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Mark Salling's victims lose $50,000 as death leaves plea deal incomplete
Salling pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in December (Picture: Getty Images)

Not only has Mark Salling’s decision to end his own life tragically affected his family and friends, but it will also affect the victims in his child pornography case.

It is thought that as part of his plea deal, which saw him accept time behind bars and registering as a sex offender, he was also due to pay $50,000 (£32,000) to each victim as restitution.

But for that penalty to be imposed on Salling, the judge had to first sentence him, but he was found dead five weeks ahead of his sentence dade, meaning the plea deal was never completed.

It’s not all bad news for the victims though, as TMZ claim they could decide to sue Salling’s estate instead for damages.

Mark Salling's victims lose $50,000 as death leaves plea deal incomplete
Mark Salling’s body was removed from a Los Angeles river in Sun Valley (Picture: MEGA)

The actor was first arrested in 2015 after a search warrant discovered thousands of images of child porn on his personal computer. He was then indicted on two counts of child pornography, including one count of possessing an image of a child under the age of 12.

Facing 20 years behind bars, he entered a plea deal that involved serving time and registering as a sex offender under supervised release for two decades following his prison sentence; he was facing four to seven years in prison for child porn possession.

In August last year it was reported Salling had cut his wrists, although his lawyer denied it at the time.

TMZ reported Mark was in the bedroom of his home on August 22 when he reportedly cut both of his wrists. He was said to have screamed for his roommate, who discovered him bleeding and called 911 where he was then taken to hospital before receiving a psychiatric evaluation, and ‘days later, was taken to a rehab facility for psychological issues’.

Mark Salling's victims lose $50,000 as death leaves plea deal incomplete
Mark Salling played American football star Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman in Glee (Picture: 20th Century Fox Television)

Salling’s lawyer, Michael J Proctor confirmed the actor’s death in a statement to Metro.co.uk. He said: ‘I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning.

‘Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgment.

‘He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.’

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