Glee star Mark Salling has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.
As part of the plea agreement, Salling, 35 – who was arrested in December 2015 – is looking at a reduced sentence of between four to seven years in jail, according to documents first obtained by TheBlast.
The actor was originally facing a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars after being charged with two counts of child pornography last year.
Guilty: Glee star Mark Salling has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and faces 4-7 years in jail. He is pictured in June 2016 arriving to court
Salling must register as a sex offender and after serving his time he will be under under supervised release for 20 years.
After being released from prison he is banned from coming within 100 feet of schoolyards, parks, public swimming pools, playgrounds and video arcade venues.
He cannot communicate verbally or electronically with any person under 18 without their parent or guardian present.
The agreement also states that Salling has been ordered to pay ‘approximately $50,000’ restitution to each victim who has requested it.
Guilty: The plea agreement obtained by Dailymail.com is signed by the 35-year-old actor
Predator: After being released from prison he is banned from coming within 100 feet of schoolyards, parks, public swimming pools, playgrounds and video arcade venues
He will also have to enter a sex offender treatment program as part of the plea deal.
According to the court documents – first obtained by The Blast – Salling ‘downloaded thousands of images of child pornography,’ between April and December 2015.
The papers state he used software to mask his IP address, but showed some of his collection to an adult woman on at least two occasions. That woman ultimately reported him to police.
Following the tip-off Salling was arrested at his home in Sunland, California in December 2015 where police found a cache of explicit images on his computer depicting children as young as 10 in sexual situations.
They later discovered more than 50,000 photos and videos on his laptop and another 4,000 on a flash drive
Lt. Andrea Grossman, of the LAPD, described some of the lewd images depicting grade school-aged girls as ‘disturbing,’ reported the New York Daily News at the time.
Salling was arrested in December 2015 after a tip-off and police later found thousands of images on his computer depicting children as young as 10 in sexual situations
Deal: The document states that Salling has been ordered to pay ‘approximately $50,000’ restitution to each victim who has requested it
On page 12 of the document is a detailed description of the material found in Salling’s possession in 2015
Sources who spoke with TMZ in December said police were ‘100 per cent’ certain they would find child pornography in Salling’s home based on a tip they had received from his ex-girlfriend and additional evidence.
The allegations were first reported by Crime Watch Daily. They said police used battering rams to get into the house because Salling refused to let them in to the home.
His computer and other electronic devices were reportedly seized by cops after Salling refused to tell them his password.
According to records, the house raided by the LAPD belongs to Jonathan Hernandez, who has been Salling’s roommate as far back as 2011.
Salling shot to fame playing Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman in the hit FOX series Glee.
Salling (pictured in character on Glee) must register as a sex offender and after serving his time he will be on 20 years’ supervised release
He first appeared in 2008 and was a regular until season five.
His December arrest was not the star’s first brush with the law. In March he allegedly reached a $2.7million settlement with a woman who had sued him for sexual battery.
In 2011, Roxanne Gorzela claimed he forced her to have unprotected sex and then when she confronted him several days later, he pushed her to the ground injuring her knees.
It was reported that the case was settled midway through trial after Gorzela dropped the sexual battery claim.
Salling admitted to negligently causing her to fall and injure herself. She is not believed to have been the woman who tipped off the authorities.
Star: Salling shot to fame playing Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman in the hit FOX series Glee