Survivor Michael Skupin

Survivor Alum Michael Skupin Found Guilty on Child Pornography Charges

Former Survivor contestant Michael Skupin was found guilty on four counts of child pornography on Friday.

People magazine has confirmed the news of Skupin’s conviction; he faced 11 charges of child pornography and racketeering following an investigation by Michigan’s attorney general. He’ll face a separate trial on the racketeering charges, starting next week; Skupin pled not guilty to all charges.

The investigation into the 54-year-old Skupin, who was arrested in February, began when a woman accused him of running a charity scam called Pay It Forward. Skupin’s laptop was confiscated as part of the investigation, and images of underage children in sexual situations were allegedly found on the laptop. Skupin maintains his innocence, and says the laptop was used by multiple people, not just himself.

A fan favorite on the long-running CBS reality show, Skupin competed in the second season, Survivor: The Australian Outback, but had to leave the competition after falling into a fire and being medically evacuated. He returned to compete in 2012’s Survivor: Philippines, where he finished tied for second, making it all the way to the final tribal council.

Each charge Skupin faces could result in a four-year prison sentence; he’ll be sentenced in December, following the conclusion of his racketeering trial.