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Mark Salling spotted around town after child porn arrest; director won't yet cut him from new film

Mark Salling has been spotted around town since being released from jail earlier this week.

The "Glee" star, who played Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the musical Fox series, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of having child porn. He was released hours later on $20,000 bail.

The actor was spotted covering his face and crouching in a car as it drove away from the jail, according to People magazine, which obtained the image of the actor.

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On Thursday, paparazzi shots surfaced showing Salling hours after he was arrested, leaving a T-Mobile store where he bought a prepaid cellphone, TMZ said. The actor was photographed still holding materials from a bail bond company.

The Los Angeles Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which generally works on cases involving prepubescent victims, served a search warrant at Salling's San Fernando Valley home on Tuesday, arrested the actor and later found what police said were "hundreds of images" expected to be used as evidence, according to L.A. Now.

TMZ said the task force raided the home after an ex-girlfriend tipped off police that Salling had child porn on his computer. Several of the actor's devices, including a computer, cellphone and tablets, were seized, the site said.

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The 33-year-old is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 22, but that date could change depending on whether or when county prosecutors file charges against him.

Salling is cast as a villain in the upcoming indie film "Gods and Secrets," and director Adi Shankar said that he won't cut his scenes until he sees how the accusations play out legally.

"Today I was made aware of the serious allegations against Salling as a result of numerous media outlets hounding me as to whether he would remain in 'Gods and Secrets,'" Shankar told E! News on Wednesday. "I won't feed our growing pitchfork culture. I'm going to wait for all the facts to arrive and if in fact these allegations are true, I will immediately take action, which includes removing his scenes from the project."

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