Mark Salling will no longer commence trial on July 12, 2016.
According to a spokesperson from the United States District Attorney’s Office, a judge at Salling’s preliminary court hearing on Monday (Jun. 27, 2016) granted his request to delay his child pornography trial so that he can seek a new attorney. Though a new trial date hasn’t been set, a status conference that will determine his new court hearing is scheduled for Sept. 19, 2016.
In June, the Glee actor pleaded not guilty to a two-count indictment that accused him of obtaining and possessing child porn. These charges were issued after the Los Angeles Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Unit obtained a search warrant for his home, where investigators found a laptop, a hard drive, and a USB flash drive that “contained thousands of images and videos depicting child pornography.” He was later released from jail after he paid a $100,000 cash bond and was mandated to wear a location-monitoring ankle bracelet.
If convicted on the first indictment of receiving child pornography, Salling could face anywhere between five and 20 years behind bars. He could serve a 40-year sentence if he is found guilty on both charges.
Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of Salling leaving his preliminary court hearing.