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‘Survivor’ Star Michael Skupin Sentenced To Prison For Child Porn

It’s jail time for a former two-time contestant on Survivor.

Michael Skupin, who competed on Survivor: The Australian Outback and Survivor: Philippines, was sentenced to one to four years in prison in Michigan for his conviction in November on four counts of possession of child pornography. The crime was discovered as the result of an unrelated investigation into a Ponzi scheme Skupin was running, in which he’d lure unsuspecting investors into putting money into his loosely-defined Pay It Forward business, and then pay those people back with money from other new investors. When Skupin’s laptop was seized as part of the investigation, sexually compromising images of minors were discovered on his hard drive. Needless to say, his entire situation right now is about a thousand times worse than falling into that camp fire in The Australian Outback.

In addition to serving between 1-4 years in prison, Skupin was ordered to pay $31,800 in restitution to the victims of his Ponzi scheme, some of whom lost all their money. He will also have to serve probation in relation to the scheme.

'Survivor' Star Michael Skupin Sentenced To Prison For Child Porn

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I didn’t have any strong feelings about Skupin one way or the other, but it’s still disappointing to learn that Skupin had these skeletons in his closet, since he seemed like a pretty decent guy. But regardless of how he seemed, Skupin absolutely has to pay for his crimes, even if 1-4 years in prison might not seem like enough time. If nothing else, I think it’s pretty safe to say we won’t ever see him play Survivor again, so I guess we can add that to his list of punishments.

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