LOS ANGELES -- (CWD) -- As Crime Watch Daily first reported, the U.S. Attorney’s office filed paperwork in Los Angeles for a federal indictment against actor Mark Salling for charges related to child pornography.
Salling voluntarily turned himself in Friday morning. Crime Watch Daily learned he has been formally booked by U.S. Marshals.
Crime Watch Daily also spoke with U.S. Attorney Spokesman Thom Mrozek Friday morning, who explained Salling is set to be arraigned Friday afternoon.
"He will be asked to enter a plea, which I presume will be a not guilty to the two counts in the indictment, a trial date will be set, likely sometime in late July, early August, and bond will be discussed, we have agreed to a bond with his lawyer so I do expect him to be freed after the arraignment," said Mrozek.
Mrozek claimed there were thousands of images found on Salling’s device, saying authorities are still going through all the material.
"He had a very extensive and well organized collection of child pornography on his computer. If you read the indictment there are file names under which these images were stored on the computer, one of them is very descriptive. ... This type of behavior is disturbing, it is disturbing because these are images of real children who were molested by adults at some point and every time these images are distributed, or sold, or traded, and eventually viewed by someone that person is victimized again and that is why we take these types of crimes so seriously,” said Mrozek.
As Crime Watch Daily first reported, Salling, 33, was arrested on December 29, 2015, after the Los Angeles Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in partnership with Homeland Security obtained a search warrant for his home in Sunland, California and obtained more than 1,000 images from Salling’s personal devices. Neither Salling nor his attorney, Alan Eisner, had any comment when they arrived at court this morning.