Survivor's Hatch in Protective Custody

04/12/2006 at 08:00 AM EDT

Survivor's Hatch in Protective Custody
Richard Hatch
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Because of his celebrity status, jailed Survivor winner Richard Hatch is being held in protective custody away from other inmates until his April 25 sentencing on tax evasion charges, the Associated Press reports.

In January, Hatch, 45, was found guilty in a Providence, R.I. court of failing to pay taxes on his $1 million Survivor winnings and other income. Considered a flight risk because he owns property in Canada, he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs and taken into custody in a Plymouth, Mass., jail.

Hatch asked to be put in protective custody shortly after he was detained, his attorney, Michael Minns, said Monday. Charles Wyant, a supervisory deputy U.S. marshal, said 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 of recreation, Wyant said. Then they are usually moved into the general population.

Hatch's charges carry a maximum of 13 years in prison.

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