Mark Salling’s suicide affected a lot more people than just his immediate family. The Glee star’s death also cheated his victims from winning restitution in the actor’s child porn lawsuit. With Salling no longer around to stand before a judge, his plea deal is off the table. But there is a way for his victims to get justice.
Salling entered a plea deal to pay each victim $50,000 for restitution in a case involving child porn. Salling was scheduled to appear in court for sentencing in March but his suicide prevents the case from being heard.
The plea deal is now gone because the judge in the case has no power to order Salling to pay up. While the victims will not receive the original sum, there is a way they could get restitution.
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The parties involved in the case have the option of suing Salling’s estate for the restitution money. They could receive the original damages if a judge rules in their favor.
The only downside is that it will take time for the case to move through the courts, which only drags the case on for the victims.
There’s also a chance that Salling’s family settles outside of court and gives the victims what they deserve in restitution.
This past December, Salling admitted to having child pornography in his possession. Police found thousands of images of child porn on his laptop, most of them involving abuse.
He pled guilty to the charges and was expected to spend between 4 to 7 years behind bars.
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As part of the plea bargain, Salling was allowed supervised released for the next 20 years. Salling committed suicide by hanging himself. His body was found in a wooded area near his home in Los Angeles.
“I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning. Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgement,” Salling’s attorney, Michael J. Proctor, explained.
Following Salling’s suicide, his former girlfriend and co-star, Naya Rivera, confessed that she was not surprised about his child porn case. Rivera and Salling dated in 2009 and she now considers herself lucky that the relationship didn’t get serious.
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In Rivera’s memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes & Growing Up, she explained how the breakup was devastating to her at the time. But after the Salling’s child porn scandal broke in 2015, she realized that she got out of the relationship just in time.
Mark Salling’s most recent girlfriend was 19-year-old Denyse Tontz, an actress on Nickelodeon. The pair were linked in 2014, despite their significant age difference.
He also dated his former Glee cast member Lea Michele.