Glee star Mark Salling's victims robbed of justice

Taryn Ryder
Yahoo7 Entertainment

Victims in the Mark Salling child pornography case may not receive restitution they were due following his recent death.

The Glee star was arrested in 2015, leading authorities to discover more than 25,000 images and 600 videos depicting child pornography on his electronic devices.

According to court documents, the victims were ages 3 to 5 and part of Salling’s plea deal included paying $50,000 to each victim who requests restitution.

Mark Salling passed away on Tuesday after taking his own life. He is pictured here at court appearance in Los Angeles in 2016. Source: Getty

TMZ reported Salling’s deal is not considered complete as he never underwent sentencing which was set for March, so the judge is unable to order payment to the victims.

However, the victims could sue the actor’s estate for damages suffered. Yahoo reached out to Salling’s attorney but did not receive a response.

On Tuesday, the Glee star was pronounced dead.

Salling was facing four to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges of being in possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. He was set to be sentenced in March.

In December, Salling’s lawyer told People his client was trying to make amends for his transgressions.

According to TMZ, the victims may not receive restitution because the case had not be closed before Sallings death. He is pictured here in 2016. Source: Getty

“Mark is focused on accepting responsibility and attempting to atone for his conduct,” he said.

Salling was best known for playing Noah “Puck” Puckerman on Glee from 2009 to 2015.

Some of the cast and crew of the hit show reacted to the news of his death.

Matthew Morrison shared a photo of himself, Salling, and the late Cory Monteith, who died from an accidental drug and alcohol overdose in 2013.

Matthew Morrison shared a photo of himself, Salling, and the late Cory Monteith, who died from an accidental drug and alcohol overdose in 2013. Source: Instagram / @_matthew.morrison_

Jenna Ushkowitz commented with a heart emoji.

A producer for the show, Tim Davis, also shared his thoughts on Twitter.


Jane Lynch also spoke out about the tragedy.

“It’s sad and very tragic,” Jane told TMZ. “It’s tragic and I’m brokenhearted over it.”

An autopsy on Salling’s body is scheduled sometime in the next few days, but foul play is not suspected.

The actor's death was confirmed by his lawyer in a statement.

“I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning," the statement read. "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.”

This article originally appeared on Yahoo Entertainment US.

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