Glee actor Mark Salling, who played Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman on the show, was due to be sentenced next month for possessing more than 50,000 images of child sex abuse – but following his suicide in January, prosecutors have reportedly filed legal documents asking the judge to dismiss the case.
According to TMZ, prosecutors have filed legal documents asking the judge for dismissal – meaning the victims may not receive restitution payouts as a result.
Mark accepted a plea deal in December 2017, to get a reduced jail term that was yet to be confirmed by a judge.
The actor agreed to pay restitution to any victim who came forward, meaning each one would receive $ 50,000 each, TMZ reports.
But following his death on Tuesday morning, the victims may not receive any of the payout – as Mark would have had to have been sentenced by a judge for it to come into effect.
Prosecutors reportedly want the indictment dismissed ‘without prejudice’ – which means they could later refile the case. But once the defendant dies, the case is over.
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The victims may, however, be able to sue Mark’s estate for damages, the website claims.
The actor previously entered a guilty plea after 50,000 images of sexual abuse victims were found in his possession.
At an LA courthouse pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, TMZ reported.
The victims in the shocking images are said to be ages three to five years old. He was released on bail and set to sentenced by the judge in March.
Police were tipped off by one of the actor’s ex-girlfriends and he was arrested in December 2015, before being released on $ 20,000 [£15,000] bail.
His body was found near a riverbed in California on January 30, very close to where he lived. It was confirmed that the actor committed suicide following a coroner’s report.