LOS ANGELES — Mark Salling, best known as Noah “Puck” Puckerman on “Glee,” was arrested Tuesday on charges of possession of child pornography, Los Angeles Police Department officer Liliana Preciado said.
Salling, 33, was arrested in Sunland, California, a Los Angeles neighborhood just north of Burbank. Bail was set at $20,000.
TMZ reports that law enforcement sources tell them they’ve seen more than a thousand images of “child sexual exploitation” on Salling’s computer. Tablets and cell phones were taken from the home.
Salling played Puck on “Glee” throughout the show’s six-season run from 2009 to 2015. Puck, a bullying football player on the McKinley High team, is initially resistant to the school’s glee club — seen as a haven for misfits — but later follows his best friend, quarterback Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), into the group.
The actor was a regular for the show’s first four seasons but became a recurring guest star as the series’ cast evolved.
Salling, a versatile musician, had been filming a movie called “Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets,” according to the Internet Movie Database. He told the Hollywood Reporter he was also putting together his own TV series.
“It’s a musical with original music so we had to record a whole 13-song record for that and write the episodes around the songs,” he said.
Salling has not responded to a request for comment.