Many Ohio residents were shocked earlier in 2015 when the popular Subway sandwich spokesperson Jared Fogle was accused of possessing child pornography and engaging in sexual acts with minors. Fogle subsequently entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors, and he is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 19. Fogle entered pleas of guilty to a raft of charges including possessing and distributing child pornography and 14 counts of committing sexual acts with both males and females under the age of 18.
Fogle’s plea agreement requires him to pay restitution to his 14 male and female victims, and media outlets have reported that the former sandwich pitch man has paid $100,000 to 10 of them. The reports say that Fogle will pay his remaining four victims prior to his November sentencing. Investigators claim to have discovered evidence that Fogle traveled from his Indiana residence to new York on several occasions between 2007 and 2015 to meet and have sexual relations with minors.
Fogle became a household name when he lost significant amounts of weight after going on a diet centered around Subway sandwiches. The popular sandwich chain was eager to portray its fare as a healthy and convenient alternative to traditional fast food, and it made Fogle its spokesperson and the face of its brand. Fogle was fired by Subway when the scandal broke. Investigators have also claimed that Fogle’s charity was a fraud and has never made any payments.
This case indicates that prosecutors may be willing to enter into plea agreements to avoid the uncertainty of court proceedings even when the case involves sex crimes and child pornography. Criminal defense attorneys could closely scrutinize the actions of police officers and the evidence they gathered for indications that their client’s constitutional rights may have been violated. Such violations could lead to charges being dismissed, and prosecutors may be willing to enter into plea agreements even when their evidence seems compelling.