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‘Survivor' Alum Michael Skupin Sentenced in Child Porn Case

‘Survivor' Alum Michael Skupin Sentenced in Child Porn Case
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Former “Survivor” contestant Michael Skupin has been sentenced to prison on child pornography charges.

The Associated Press reports that Skupin could face 1-4 years behind bars, but would be eligible for parole after one year.

On Tuesday, Skupin made a court appearance in Detroit, where he told judges that he was “deeply sorry," saying, "I never, ever said who, what, when, where, why these pictures were on there or viewed, I just maintained that I didn’t do it. I wasn’t pointing the finger at anybody, there was hundreds of people that use these computers."

He added, "I have 11 children that I’m raising and four of them are at-home minors and four of them are in college. I have about $1,000 a month obligation toward child support and there’s so much fallout that would result in me going away... I would just ask that in order to maintain the quality of my children’s lives, there isn’t anything that I wouldn’t do that you guys ask me to do. I just ask for the mercy of the court.”

Though he denied downloading photos on his laptop, Skupin was convicted in November on four of six counts of child porn.

Ten months ago, police found child porn on his laptop while investigating his involvement in a financial scheme. He was given probation and ordered to pay $31,800 to investors who fell victim to the scheme.

Skupin is known for his 2001 appearance on the second season of "Survivor: The Australian Outback."

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