Mark Salling’s child pornography case has been officially dismissed after his death by committing suicide at age 35, multiple sources have confirmed.
Prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss the case against the late Glee star on Tuesday, February 6. On Wednesday, February 7, United States District Judge Otis D. Wright signed the order to dismiss.
The court documents obtained by the Blast reads,
For good cause shown, it is hereby ordered that: The government’s motion to dismiss the indictment pursuant to Rule 48 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure is granted. The indictment in the above referenced case is dismissed without prejudice,
Mark Salling’s Child Pornography Case Officially Dismissed After His Death by Suicide
The coroner confirmed to media that Mark died on January 30 and his body was found by a riverbed in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood of L.A.
Mark’s autopsy later revealed the cause of his death as asphyxia by hanging. Ed Winter of the Los Angeles Coroner Office told on February 1,
The autopsy was completed today and the doctor just posted the cause the cause of death asphyxia by hanging and the manner of death is suicide. The case is now closed and the body is ready for pick up,
Mark had been awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography in December. The late actor had agreed to serve 4 to 7 years behind the bars, in addition to registering as a sex offender and staying 100 feet away from playgrounds, parks, schoolyards, public swimming pools, and video arcade venues.
As previously reported, an outlet close to his child pornography case revealed that Mark's estate may not have to pay his child pornography victims $50,000.