Two-time 'Survivor' contestant Mike Skupin sentenced in his child pornography and larceny cases
Mike Skupin has finally learned his fate in his ongoing child pornography and larceny cases.
The two-time "Survivor" contestant was sentenced Tuesday by a Michigan court to one to four years in prison.
According to PEOPLE, the former reality contestant "bowed his head and blinked back tears" as the judge read the sentence.
"I think he is a threat," the prosecutor reportedly said in court before the sentencing. "We are asking for the maximum sentence."
In addition to his prison sentence, Skupin has been ordered to spend four years on probation and pay $31,800 in restitution, plus several thousands in court costs.
"The children in these videos and images were exploited, and each time the images were shared and viewed continued their suffering," Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said after the conviction. "My hope is that today's conviction will bring some closure to the families and the children that are victims in this case."
Skupin pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of child pornography; he was convicted of four counts of child pornography in November. He also pleaded no contest to one count of larceny by conversion. He reportedly maintained his innocence and asked for mercy before the sentence was handed down.
"I maintain that I didn't do it," he said. "That's all I maintain. There were hundreds of people who had access to my computer. I have 11 children who I'm raising, and I have about $1,000 a month in child support. There's so much fallout that would result in me going away."
He reportedly plans to appeal the conviction.
Skupin appeared on "Survivor: The Australian Outback" and was the first person to be medically airlifted from the location. He later went on to compete on "Survivor: Philippines."
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