Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesperson who became a household name and pop culture fixture for the ad campaign focused on his dramatic weight loss, will now go down in infamy for an entirely unexpected reason. Fogle has decided to plead guilty to child pornography charges and to crossing state lines to pay for sex with minors, and the US Attorney’s Office has published an unsettling account of the various reprehensible actions that will land Fogle in prison.
Fogle admitted to one count of travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor involving two underage girls, as well as one count of distribution and receipt of child pornography involving 12 children. Although he has not officially entered his plea, Fogle stood before Federal Magistrate Judge Mark Dinsmore in his first court appearance, a fifteen-minute hearing to establish procedures.
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The prosecution has already started to paint a damning picture of Fogle, testifying that he used “wealth, status, and secrecy” to engage in depraved acts. Fogle is accused of traveling to New York City and staying at high-class hotels, where he paid for sexual acts with minors. He is also accused of receiving child pornography created by Russell Taylor, who served as the director of Fogle’s charity organization called the Jared Foundation.
According to the court documents, Fogle might have been actively seeking out sex with children since 2007, victimizing girls as young as 13. In 2012, Fogle asked a 17-year-old girl that he had hired for sex the night to find an even younger girl, promising a finder’s fee if she were successful. Fogle is quoted in the court documents as telling the teen, “the younger, the better.” The girl did not seem to follow through, but she did send him three pictures of her genitals at his request.
Fogle apparently traveled to Virginia, Missouri, and Nevada to hire sex workers and ask them to provide younger girls for him. In order to make sure he was not dealing with undercover cops, Fogle would have sex with them first. On one occasion, Fogle boasted to a female colleague about hiring a 16-year-old girl for sex in Indiana, where 16 is the age of consent, and encouraged her to post on Craigslist seeking sex.
In exchange for pleading guilty, prosecutors will ask for a sentence of no more than 12 1/2 years and Fogle’s team has agreed to ask the judge for no less than five years. The judge however does not have to abide by the agreement, and can actually sentence Fogle up to 50 years in prison. He will also be required to register as a sex offender, undergo treatment for sexual disorders, and pay $1.4 million in damages, doling out $100,000 to each of his 14 underage victims. According to the prosecution, some of the victims are now grown adults whose lives have been destroyed by Fogle.
Not unexpectedly, Fogle’s wife, Katie, says she’s filing for divorce. She is his second wife and has been married to Jared since 2010. He was previously married to Elizabeth Christie from 2001 to 2007.