Jared Fogle Sentenced To 15.6 Years In Prison For Child Porn Case

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Jared Fogle Sentenced Prison

By Shari Weiss

Jared Fogle Sentenced Prison

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Jared Fogle was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on Thursday in his child porn case.

The former Subway spokesperson appeared before U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, and officially pleaded guilty to traveling to have sex with minors and conspiracy to receive child pornography. Fogle told the judge that he understood that the plea deal agreed upon by the prosecution and his defense team was non-binding, and though it called for a maximum sentence of 12 and a half years behind bars, she could sentence him to up to 50. Additionally, Fogle had to acknowledge he was pleading guilty out of his own free will, and that he was giving up his constitutional right to trial.

The hours-long court hearing continued with the judge explaining that, following Fogle’s eventual release from prison, during which he will be under probationary supervision, he cannot possess photos of children, and must get permission for interaction with minors. As for his own two children, any contact is required to have not only their consent, but that of his estranged wife, Katie McLaughlin.

Fogle would also have all of his electronic devices monitored. As for the victims in the case, he has paid $1.4 million in restitution, but he could have to shell out more if additional people come forward. No victims spoke during the hearing, with their impact statements submitted under seal.

The judge, however, went on to detail Fogle’s crimes, noting he received child pornography from Russell Taylor, the now-imprisoned former director of the Jared Fogle Foundation. Fogle traveled to New York on multiple occasions to engage in sex acts with underage victims, and asked to be set up with other minors. Investigators uncovered travel documents and text messages that substantiated the allegations, including one text that said he “craved” 14 and 15 year old girls.

Fogle said under oath that all of these claims were true, and went on to waive his right to appeal, provided his prison sentence did not exceed the 12 and half years agreed upon in the plea deal, which ultimately wasn’t the case. The judge acknowledged that, due to his guilty plea, he did qualify for a reduction in sentence, with the advisory guidelines suggesting between 11 and 13 months. Afterward, Dr. John Bradford, who previously evaluated Fogle, testified via phone and revealed Fogle confessed to paying for prostitutes while traveling on official Subway business.

Fogle also admitted to Bradford that he was sexually attracted to teens ranging in age from 14 to 16, and confessed to multiple affairs. Bradford said he suffered from “compulsive hypersexuality disorder” and “mild pedophilia,” with fantasies of involving adolescent girls. All that said, the doctor said he there was a low risk Fogle would become a repeat offender.

The prosecution took issue with Bradford’s testimony, saying their own investigation showed he had a predilection for young kids, not teens, noting that Fogle looked at child porn with kids as young as 6. It was also pointed out that “mild pedophilia” is not a medically-recognized diagnosis. Testimony then followed from Dr. Rick May, who spent a month working with Fogle on psychotherapy. May insisted Fogle was remorseful and had an understanding of the damage he inflicted, and suggested he could further rehabilitate with additional therapy.

Then, after further testimony from a detective, Fogle’s defense team attempted to argue he deserved the minimum sentence, in part because he wasn’t involved int he actual production of the child porn he viewed. And, in addition to mitigating other allegations, his counsel pointed that, as a public figure, he is has “unique circumstances” compared to other inmates.

After the lawyers pushed for a 5-year sentence, Fogle was allowed to make his own statement. “I have become dependent on alcohol, pornography and prostitutes,” he told the judge, speaking for the case for the first time. Breaking down into tears, Fogle said, “Not a day will go by where I won’t think of [the victims.] I hope the restitution will help in their lives.” He went on to add that he wants to “make a positive impact” following his eventual prison release.

The prosecutor responded by reiterating its calls for a strong sentence. Then, finally, after a brief recess, the judge was ready to deliver her sentence. Straying from the plea deal’s upper limit, the judge sentenced Fogle to 15.6 years in prison, or 188 months. Fogle, who showed no reaction to the announcement, will have lifetime supervision following his release.

In her comments, Judge Pratt said Fogle was leading a “double life,” and even read aloud part of a letter from one victim’s mother, in which she described her daughter’s wish to commit suicide. At the end of the proceedings, Fogle said he wanted to consult with his lawyers before deciding on an appeal. He was then taken into custody.

As Gossip Cop reported, Fogle’s home was raided by the FBI in July, with Subway suspending their relationship. In August, alleged details about paying a 16-year-old for sex and other lurid acts began to emerge. That same month, Fogle pleaded not guilty to the initial charges against him, though a statement said he intended to take “full responsibility” for his actions. McLaughlin announced later that day that she would be filing for divorce, and Subway completely severed ties.

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