Indianapolis, Minn. – Once a face for one of the largest restaurant chains in the US, Jared Fogle has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.
His once wholesome public image for Subway came to an end when child pornography was found in his home. The 38-year-old was sentenced to more than 15 years for paying for sex with underage girls and trading in child pornography.
Fogle admitted that he has a problem saying, “I had become dependent on alcohol, pornography and prostitutes,” he told the judge. “… I want to redeem my life. I want to become a good, decent person. I want to rebuild my life.”
Prosecutors were asking for a 12½ -year sentence, however, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt handed down a harsher sentence. She fined him $175,000 and ordered Fogle to submit to a lifetime of post-prison supervision. He also paid a total of $1.4 million to his victims.
“The level of perversion and lawlessness exhibited by Mr. Fogle is extreme,” said Pratt. She recommended Fogle receive sex offender treatment in prison and said she’ll recommend he serve his time at a federal lockup in Littleton, Colorado, that specializes in such treatment.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven DeBrota, who handled Fogle’s prosecution, said he was pleased with the sentence and said Pratt made “a thoughtful explanation of why she thought the right answer was 188 months.”
Under federal rules, Fogle must serve 85 percent of his sentence, which means he must serve more than 13 years in prison. Fogle can appeal his sentence, but not his conviction under his guilty plea.
Fogle pled guilty to his charges and struck a deal with prosecutors. In his plea deal, he admitted to having sex with two underage girls in a New York City hotel and paying for that sex. He also admitted to receiving child pornography produced by Russell Taylor, the former executive director of The Jared Foundation.
There is no response yet if his attorney, Ron Elberger, will appeal his sentence.