Fmr. Survivor contestant accused of child porn

Posted at 6:15 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-06 08:51:45-05

Michael Skupin, a former contestant on the reality show Survivor who is from Michigan, is facing child pornography charges.

Skupin has been charged with six counts of possession of Child Sexually Abusive Materials, five counts of Larceny by Conversion and one count of Racketeering-Conducting a Criminal Enterprise for his role in allegedly running and promoting a Ponzi scheme.

The Attorney General's office says the investigation began into the alleged Ponzi scheme when Skupin contacted a news reporter.

Skupin's laptop was searched in conjunction with the investigation and that's when, officials say, the images of underage children were discovered.

Skupin was arraigned on the charges today in 52-2 District Court in Clarkston. Bond was set at $350,000. If Skupin is able to post the bond, he must wear a GPS tether, cannot have any unsupervised visits with children or leave the state.

Skupin is due back in court on Feb. 9 for a hearing.