Survivor winner Richard Hatch is being held in
protective custody apart from other inmates until his
sentencing this month on tax evasion charges.
Hatch, who won $1
million in the debut season of the CBS reality TV
series, was found guilty in January of failing to pay taxes
on his winnings and other income. He was taken into
custody immediately because U.S. district court judge
Ernest Torres said he posed a flight risk.
Hatch, 45, asked
to be put in protective custody shortly after he was
detained, his attorney, Michael Minns, said Monday. Hatch is
being held at a jail in Plymouth, Mass., until his
sentencing April 25.
Charles Wyant, a
supervisory deputy U.S. marshal, said the reality TV
star was placed in protective custody because he is a
celebrity. Any prisoner can make such a request. "The
situation he's in is the best possible position for
him to be in at this point in time, the safest and
most secure," Wyant said.
As a matter of
policy, all prisoners spend their first three days at the
jail in solitary confinement with one hour a day for
recreation, Wyant said. After that, they are usually
moved into the general population, but Hatch is being
held separately, he said.
Hatch's conditions have improved since he first arrived in
jail, except for what he called the abysmally bad food. "I'd
just hate for someone to think these are pleasant
conditions," he said.
against Hatch carry a maximum of 13 years in prison. Torres
said he expected a sentence of between two years, nine
months and three years, five months, but it could be
longer because prosecutors accused Hatch of lying
during his testimony. (AP)