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Former 'Survivor' contestant gets prison for child porn

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/27/2016
FILE - In this June 3, 2016, file photo, former reality TV contestant Michael Skupin, left, appears with his attorney, Steve Lynch, in court in Clarkston, Mich. Skupin, a former contestant of the CBS TV show "Survivor" was sentenced to at least a year in prison for possessing child pornography Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. (Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this June 3, 2016, file photo, former reality TV contestant Michael Skupin, left, appears with his attorney, Steve Lynch, in court in Clarkston, Mich. Skupin, a former contestant of the CBS TV show "Survivor" was sentenced to at least a year in prison for possessing child pornography Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. (Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP, File)

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A former contestant of the CBS TV show "Survivor" has been sentenced to at least a year in prison for possessing child pornography.

Michael Skupin appeared Tuesday in Oakland County court in suburban Detroit. He asked for mercy from the judge and said he's "deeply sorry." But Skupin denied downloading the photos on his laptop.

In a separate case, he was placed on probation and ordered to pay $31,800 to victims of a financial scheme. During that investigation, authorities found child porn on Skupin's laptop. He was convicted in November.

Skupin will be eligible for parole after a year. The longest he can be kept in prison is four years.

In 2001, Skupin had to be evacuated from the "Survivor II: The Australian Outback" after falling into a campfire, but he returned for "Survivor: Philippines" in 2012.

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