Criminal Attorney Oklahoma Defense Lawyer Adam R. Banner OKLAHOMA CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY AT LAW

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Subway, Jared Fogle, and the New Face of Child Pornography

Adam Banner - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

As I recently wrote in my article for the Huffington Post regarding former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's federal charges, I have, and continue to, handle a lot of cases dealing with child pornography and sexual crimes against children. Consequently, there isn't much I run into while defending these cases which surprises me.

Still, the one thing that continually crosses my mind in every one of these cases is the fact that there is no stereotypical defendant in possession of child pornography prosecutions; there's simply no way to judge the book by its cover.
When you see a man or woman facing these allegations, you see just that: a criminal defendant facing allegations that he or she violated the law.

Up until the charges were filed against Fogle, I don't think there has been another individual with such a continuous and relevant public persona facing these charges in federal court. Sure other individuals who have been in the limelight have faced similar charges, but its hard to think of anyone else in such a situation who has had the pleasure of invading our lives with his sponsorship for the past 15 years. 

Like it or not, in the wake of his criminal charges, Jared Fogle has become (albeit, unwillingly) the national face of child pornography. What he decides to due with this new-found spotlight and notoriety is completely up to him. Hopefully, he will use this "platform" to bring as much awareness to his struggles with pedophilia and child pornography as he brought to his struggles with obesity.

Fogle is set to enter a plea agreement with the prosecution which he hopes will limit his criminal liability to somewhere in the range of 5-13 years in federal custody. Still, a federal judge will have to accept the plea, and then decide Mr. Fogle's fate at a sentencing hearing. After all, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are only advisory now, and a judge can sentence a defendant to more or less than the guidelines call for if he or she sees fit.

As part of the plea deal, Fogle will be ordered to pay up to 1.4 million dollars in damages to his victims as well. 

For more of my thoughts of the subject, be sure to click on the link above to read my recent Huffington Post article in its entirely. 

We will continue to provide coverage on the case as it develops further.  

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