*As promised, on Wednesday, former Subway chain spokesperson, Jared Fogle, admitted he was guilty of child pornography; and that he has accepted child pornography that he knew was secretly produced by his close associate, the former executive director of The Jared Foundation. Fogle has also been found guilty of using his business trips to New York, to lure teen girls as young as 16, to meet with him and have sex.
Fogle’s career (and marriage) has already been ruined by the case; with the Subway chain immediately breaking ties with him after his Indiana home was raided by FBI; his Jared Foundation is most likely kaput! And his wife, Katie Fogle, recently filed a petition for divorce after a 5-year marriage.
According to an article on TMZ, Katie said, “I am in the process of seeking a dissolution of the marriage. My focus is exclusively on the well-being of my children. Neither I nor my family will have any further comment on the matter.”
The Fogle’s have two children.
Fogle reached a plea deal under which he agreed to serve at least five years behind bars. The judge has yet to sign off on the deal.
According to court documents the government agreed not to seek a sentence of more than 12½ years in prison, and Fogle agreed not to ask for less than five years, .
Federal judges have wide discretion in sentencing, and Fogle could get a longer sentence. The child-porn charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The count involving sex with a minor is punishable by up to 30 years.
Fogle sat solemn in federal court during his initial hearing; hands clasped as he quietly responded “no” when asked by the judge if he had any questions about his rights. He is expected to enter the formal plea at a later date to one count each of travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution and receipt of child pornography.
The agreement released by prosecutors said Fogle will pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 minor victims, who will each receive $100,000. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and undergo treatment for sexual disorders.
Fogle’s attorney alluded to a “medical condition” which he says his client “expects to be cured” from.
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