Disgraced former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle to learn sentence in child exploitation case Thursday
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 18, 2015) – Disgraced former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle will learn his fate Thursday inside a federal courtroom in Indianapolis.
Fogle faces up to 50 years in prison following a child exploitation investigation that included a raid on his Zionsville home over the summer and resulted in charges related to child pornography and engaging in sex with minors. Earlier this year, Fogle agreed to plead guilty in the case. As part of the plea agreement, the government agreed to recommend a sentence between 5 and 12.5 years in federal prison. In addition, he will have to register as a sex offender and has agreed to pay $1.4 million to 14 minors involved in the case.
In a filing last week, federal prosecutors asked for the maximum sentence for Fogle along with lifetime supervised release. Fogle’s attorneys requested the minimum sentence of 5 years, saying Fogle was “profoundly sorry” for what he was involved in. Federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt will be responsible for making the final determination Thursday, when Fogle appears in court for a change of plea hearing at 9 a.m.
Fogle is accused of viewing and possessing child pornography. Investigators said his friend and associate, Russell Taylor, recorded videos of 12 minors without their knowledge or consent, which Fogle then viewed. Taylor is accused of plying at least two children with drugs, alcohol and money to have sex with him while they were 14 years old.
In July, authorities raided Fogle’s Zionsville home in connection with a child pornography investigation. Fogle, who rose to national fame as a pitchman for Subway sandwiches, admitted he’d paid for sex with minors, court documents said.
During the course of the resulting probe, investigators recovered and examined about 5.6 terabytes of data, including thousands of text messages, emails, images and videos from multiple electronic devices.
“(Fogle) emboldened a molester and a producer of child pornography,” reads the Government’s Sentencing Memorandum filed last week. “He allowed Taylor to produce child pornography because of his own sexual attractions. He did this even though he actually knew some of the children in the Taylor’s recordings.” Prosecutors said Fogle did nothing to stop Taylor and went to “great lengths” to obtain child pornography and indulge in his fantasies with minors.
Defense attorneys argue that Fogle has an illness and has sought treatment for it. According to court documents, Fogle suffers from hypersexuality and alcohol abuse/dependence.