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Jared Fogle sentenced to 15 and a half years in prison

Jared Fogle, former Subway spokesperson, has been sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison.

Fogle, also known as the Subway Guy, was a spokesperson for Subway’s advertising campaigns from 2000 to 2015 and was famous for losing a significant amount of weight, which was attributed to eating Subway sandwiches.

Earlier this year, Fogle was investigated for allegedly paying to have sex with minors and receiving child pornography, and on August 19, he agreed to plead guilty in federal court for charges against him concerning the possession of child pornography and traveling to pay for sex with minors. Now, three months later, he formally pled guilty to the charges, and he was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison.

On top of the prison sentence, he agreed in court on Thursday to avoid pornography, get sexual disorder treatment, and register as a sex offender. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt also sentenced him to a lifetime of supervision and a whopping $175,000 fine.

“The defendant was obsessed with child pornography and sex with minors,” says Pratt, who gave Fogle more time to serve than either the prosecutors or Fogle’s attorney had asked for.

“Federal judges do not sentence based on emotion or public statement,” says Pratt. “The level of perversion and lawlessness exhibited by Mr. Fogle is extreme.”

Fogle was mostly attracted to older, female teenagers aged 16 to 17, and not prepubescent minors, according to a forensic psychiatrist Dr. John Bradford, who testified for Fogle at the hearing. However, Fogle has admitted to being attracted to minors as young as eight years old.

Bradford also mentioned that Fogle had an alcohol problem on top of a compulsive eating disorder that morphed into hypersexuality after he lost all the weight from eating Subway sandwiches. “He traded a horrible food addiction for a horrible sex addiction,” said Jeremy Margolis, defense attorney.

Fogle, husband and father of two, allegedly spent a minimum of $12,000 per year on prostitutes and had a number of extramarital affairs. His wife is in the process of filing for divorce.

Fogle says that his wife and children will never be able to get over this, and that he now understands that the minors involved in this scandal have been seriously psychologically harmed. One of the mothers of the victims has spoken out, saying that her daughter now lives off of sleep medication, depression medication, and anxiety medication, and she has contemplated suicide. Fogle’s in the process of paying $1.4 million in restitution to 14 victims–12 victims of child pornography in Indiana, and two teenage victims of minor prostitution in New York.

Fogle apparently got his hands on the child pornography with the help of his co-conspirator, Russell Taylor, who provided him with homemade material made in Indiana.

The sentence that Fogle received purposely left room for further charges if more evidence is found and presented. As of right now, Fogle will be unable to work or volunteer with unsupervised minors, and he will only be able to see his kids if everyone involved is in agreement.

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Alyssa Knoop
Alyssa is a Communications student from Edmonton, Alberta. Her biggest passions are reading, writing, music, and oxford commas.