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Survivor's Michael Skupin Breaks His Silence About Child Porn Charges

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Michael Skupin speaks out.

Michael Skupin is ready to talk.

Last week, the former Survivor competitor was charged with multiple counts of child pornography possession. The police found the disgusting materials after searching his computer during a Ponzi scheme investigation.

But on Friday, the reality star broke his silence about the scandalous story, telling People that he has been "wrongfully accused."

Related: Mark Salling's Child Porn Was Reportedly Of Girls Under Ten Years Old

The ex-contestant said in a statement:

"I'm not even sure what to say. I'm more shocked by this than anyone. Sadly, our media doesn't subscribe to 'innocent until proven.' I truly am prayerfully optimistic in our justice system and will fight this with all that I am. Thank you to those who continue to believe in me. I am the guy that you think that I am."

The 54-year-old explained that he's turning to religion following his arrest, adding:

"There are scores of people that have been wrongfully accused at some point in their life – including our Savior. I'm leaning on Him in faith to walk beside me through this darkness and staying strong for all of those people."

The CBS alum also thanked everyone who has stood by him after the alarming allegations:

"Thank you for all of your messages of love and support. You have no idea what they have meant to me and my family."

The father-of-three insisted that he's never done anything to harm children, expressing that he spends his life trying to help them:

"My whole life has been kids: my kids, my family and anyone who ever needed help in any way. I've traveled the globe working with millions of kids both one-on-one, at schools, camps and assemblies. I've coached over 60 seasons of youth sports. I have never, ever hurt a child in any way – not as alleged and not ever."

He concluded:

"I'm trusting in justice, trusting in our God and continuing to love everyone as God has instructed us. I have faith that despite this difficult time, there are brighter days ahead. 'Whatsoever you do, to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.'"

Michael is also being charged with larceny and racketeering, and is due in court later this month. He says this is the only statement he'll make while the case continues.

[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]

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