Jared Fogle, the disgraced former Subway spokesman who was charged earlier this year with viewing child pornography and engaging in paid sexual activity with minors, formally pleaded guilty on Thursday, November 19. Fogle will be sentenced by a U.S. district judge in Indianapolis.
In adherence to a plea deal made with prosecutors in August, weeks after his home was raided by the FBI, Fogle agreed in court to undergo sexual disorder treatment, avoid pornography, and register as a sex offender. During the raid, authorities uncovered text message exchanges between Fogle and various associates which detailed his requests for access to 14- and 15-year old girls, though “the younger the girl the better.”
Subway immediately severed its relationship with Fogle following news of the plea deal, though one Subway franchisee later made headlines when she revealed that she had attempted to warn corporate about Fogle’s behavior several times between 2006 and 2012, but the company did nothing in response.
Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 12-and-a-half years in prison for Fogle, plus lifetime supervision. If evidence of further sexual misconduct emerges, Fogle’s prison term could be increased. In October, Fogle began paying $1.4 million in restitution to his 14 victims, each of whom are to receive $100,000.
Update: U.S. district judge Tanya Walton Pratt has sentenced Fogle to 15 years and 8 months.