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Mark Salling Pleads Not Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

Judge’s orders. Mark Salling pleaded not guilty to two counts of child pornography charges at a hearing in Los Angeles on Friday, June 3, and will be severely limited in his internet usage and travel, according to The Associated Press.

The Glee alum, 33, was up against two federal charges of receiving and possessing child pornography after authorities seized thousands of images of underage girls on his laptop, a hard drive and a USB flash drive last December.

Mark Salling
Mark Salling arrives for a court appearance at the United States Courthouse, Central District of California on June 3, 2016, in L.A.

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According to the AP, U.S. Magistrate Judge Rozella A. Oliver set Salling’s bail at $150,000, and listed several strict conditions of his release, including a mandatory GPS monitoring bracelet and drug tests. (The actor will have to pay $100,000 of the total bail from his own pocket to guarantee future court appearances.)

Salling will also only be allowed to use electronic devices approved by federal authorities, and has had his passport taken away.

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In addition, TMZ reports that the actor was ordered to stay at least 100 feet away from schools, parks, arcades and other places where children might congregate.

Earlier this week, Us Weekly confirmed that Salling, who is most famous for his bad boy role as Puck on Glee, was dropped from the upcoming miniseries Gods and Secrets following his federal indictment.

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Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets will be moving forward without Mark Salling,” codirector Shankar told Us in a statement. “He has been cut from the miniseries, I will personally be paying for the reshoots and I hope that Mark finds inner peace. Furthermore, a percentage of profits from the project will go to a charity for abused children.”

A trial date has been set for July 12.

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