Subway Jared gets 15 years
On August 19, 2015, federal prosecutors announced they had reached a deal with Fogle in which he would plead guilty to two counts, one of distribution and receipt of child pornography and one of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor—specifically, from Indiana to New York City, where he is charged with paying to engage in sexual acts with a 17-year-old girl.
Prosecutors alleged that Fogle offered adult prostitutes a finder’s fee to find him younger sex partners. They have also alleged that Fogle and former Jared Foundation director Russell Taylor (an unindicted co-conspirator then residing in Indiana’s southern district) traded photos and videos of nude children as young as age six.
According to documents released by federal prosecutors, Fogle has also agreed to pay a total of $1.4 million in restitution—$100,000 to each victim. Fogle faced up to 50 years in prison had he gone to trial; however, as part of the plea deal—which is not binding on the sentencing judge—prosecutors agreed to seek no more than 12 and a half years. In return, Fogle has agreed to a minimum sentence of five years. Soon after the plea deal was announced, Subway announced via Twitterthat it had completely severed ties with Fogle.
As a condition of his plea deal, Fogle would be restricted to supervised contact or communication with minors upon approval of his probation officer. Supervised visits with his own children would be allowed only with pre-approval of their mother. Upon release from prison, Fogle will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life and undergo treatment for sexual disorders.
On November 19, 2015; Fogle formally pleaded guilty before federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt. In a statement, Fogle apologized for his crimes, saying that he wanted a chance to become a “good, honest person” and “redeem my life” after being ensnared in a life of “deception, lies and complete self-centeredness.” According to a forensic psychiatrist who testified for Fogle’s defense team, Fogle suffered from compulsive eating disorder for several years before losing weight, and replaced food with a sense of “hypersexuality.”
Pratt sentenced him to 15 years 8 months in prison, more than three years greater than what prosecutors had sought, and three times what Fogle had recommended. “The level of perversion and lawlessness exhibited by Mr. Fogle is extreme,” Pratt said. Fogle must serve a minimum of 13 years before becoming eligible for time off with good behavior. After serving his sentence, he will be on supervised release for the rest of his life.Pratt also fined him $175,000 and ordered him to forfeit $50,000 in assets, in addition to the $1.4 million restitution. Fogle will serve his sentence at Federal Correctional Institution, Englewood in Littleton, Colorado; it has a program for sex offenders.