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Jared Fogle, former face of Subway, sentenced for sex crimes

20-Nov-2015

Jared Fogle's fall from grace seemed to be as fast as his rise to fame. In the late 1990's, Fogle lost a significant amount of weight by changing his diet to include daily Subway sandwiches. By 2000, he was appearing as a spokesperson for Subway, and "Jared" became a household name.

But things turned south for Jared this summer after approximately 15 years as the face of Subway. On the heels of the child pornography arrest of one of Jared's associates, federal investigators conducted a raid on Fogle's Indiana home. Briefly, Subway stood by Jared, saying they believed the investigation to be related to the arrest of Russell C. Taylor, director of the Jared Foundation, an organization started by Fogle to combat childhood obesity.

But Subway quickly separated from Jared, finding it in their best interest to distance themselves from an alleged pedophile pending the outcome of the investigation. Fogle was subsequently indicted on federal charges related to child pornography and engaging in child prostitution. 

Initially, Fogle and his attorney indicated that he was innocent, but on August 19, a little over a month after the July raid on Fogle's home, he reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Fogle pleaded guilty to all charges against him: receiving and distributing child pornography, conspiracy to receive and distribute child pornography, and traveling with intent to engage in commercial sex with minors.

As a result of the plea agreement, Fogle agreed to serve at least 5 years in prison and pay more than $1.4 million in restitution to 14 victims and to forfeit $50,000 in assets. Prosecutors agreed not to seek a sentence of more than 151 months (12-1/2 years).

However, a prosecutor's agreement not to request more time is not the same as stipulating an agreed sentence, and when Fogle stood before the federal judge at sentencing this week, he faced a judge that went beyond federal prosecutors' recommendations. 

United States District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, calling Fogle "obsessed with child pornography and sex with minors," sentenced him to 188 months, or 15-1/2 years, in federal prison.

Pratt was unmoved by Fogle's tears and concern for his wife--who has filed for divorce--and his children. As Fogle wept and said his family were victims with his wife left as a single mom, Pratt told him, "You gave your wife $7 million. She'll be okay."  



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