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Former ‘Survivor’ Contestant Mike Skupin Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

Mike Skupin
Mike Skupin

Former Survivor star Mike Skupin was arrested on several charges — including possession of child pornography — Detroit’s Fox 2 reported on Friday, February 5.

The father of seven was also arrested on one count of conspiracy, five counts of fraud and six counts of a sex offense, the Oakland County sheriff’s department confirms to Us Weekly. The reality TV personality was booked into the Oakland County jail, and his bond is set for $350,000.

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Skupin, 54, is perhaps best known for competing on season 2 of Survivor, as the fearless leader of the Kucha tribe. He was evacuated from the competition on day 17 after he fell into a fire and severely burned his hands.

He later revealed to CBS’s The Early Show that he kept the medical emergency a secret from his family until the show aired several months later.

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“Nobody had any idea,” he said at the time. “They said, ‘How in the world did you keep this from us?’” Skupin had told his family that his red skin was the result of severe sunburn.

Skupin returned for one more go at Survivor in 2012, for Survivor: Philippines.

In addition to his reality TV stints, the Survivor alum is an inspirational speaker and author (he contributed to Discover Your Inner Strength, published in 2009).

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