Mark Salling's Friend Shocked by His Child Pornography Arrest: 'This Isn't the Guy I Know'

12/30/2015 AT 12:10 PM EST

Friends of Glee star Mark Salling are in shock following the actor's arrest earlier this week in connection with possession of child pornography.

"This isn't the guy I know at all," a close friend of the star tells PEOPLE. "I have to believe his computer was hacked."

Officer Aareon Jefferson of the Los Angeles Police Department told PEOPLE on Tuesday that Salling was arrested at 9 a.m. and booked in downtown Los Angeles on a $20,000 bail. Crime Watch Daily first broke the news that the Internet Crimes Against Children unit had obtained a search warrant for a home in Sunland, California.

TMZ reported that officers found hundreds of images on Salling's computer.

Fox is not commenting on the arrest, and Salling's rep has not returned requests for comment.

"He loves going out and has always been a big flirt – constantly hitting on women at parties," a Hollywood insider tells PEOPLE of the actor. "He came across as skeezy but I never would have pegged him for something like this."

Salling's past is not without incident: Back in January 2013, he was sued by an ex-girlfriend for sexual battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence. The woman, Roxanne Gorzela, alleged that Salling pushed her to the ground during an argument after forcing her to have sex without a condom. Gorzela eventually dropped the sexual battery claim, and Salling agreed to pay her about $2.7 million.

The 33-year-old was best known as Noah "Puck" Puckerman on Ryan Murphy's musical series, which ran on Fox from 2009-15.

A court date for the star has been set for Jan. 22, 2016, according to L.A. County Sheriff's Department records. Salling posted bail several hours after being booked.
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