Ohio readers may be interested to learn that a federal court sentenced former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle to more than 15 years in prison on Nov. 19 for child pornography and sex crimes. The 38-year-old father of two pleaded guilty to one count each of distribution and receipt of child pornography and traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in August.
According to authorities, the former executive director of Fogle’s nonprofit anti-obesity organization, The Jared Foundation, secretly filmed 12 minors as they changed clothes in his Indianapolis residences. He then sent some of the photos and videos to Fogle. Fogle also confessed to paying for sex with girls as young as 16. Court documents show that he paid for sex with two minor girls in New York.
In addition to his prison term, Fogle must pay $100,000 to each of his 14 victims, which totals $1.4 million. One of his attorneys told the judge that 12 of the 14 victims have already received restitution.
In a sentencing memorandum that asked for a five-year prison term, Fogle’s lawyers wrote that he suffers from hypersexuality and alcohol abuse/dependence. They also said he is profoundly sorry for his actions. Subway cut ties with Fogle after police raided his home near Indianapolis in July.
Ohio residents charged with gross sexual imposition, rape or other sex crimes can face severe consequences if they are convicted. Typical sentences include steep fines and significant jail time. Due to the nature of the alleged crimes, defendants may also find their personal and professional lives threatened, even if they are innocent of the charges. However, defendants may be able to protect their futures by retaining a criminal defense attorney.
Source: FOX News, “Ex-Subway spokesman Jared Fogle gets more than 15 years in prison,” Nov. 19, 2015