Do you remember the Subway® guy, Jared Fogle?
Jared Fogle, Subway’s former pitchman, was sentenced to almost 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to having sex with underage prostitutes and trading in child pornography.
There aren’t many Americans who don’t remember the Subway® guy, Jared Fogle’s amazing weight loss story. According to Business Insider, it was in 1999 when Fogle started to become famous after his story was featured in an article by Men’s Health titled “Stupid Diets that Work”.
Fogle, who was 38 at the time, had lost over 200 pounds by eating Subway® sandwiches and exercising. The New York Times reported that Jared started showing up in ads in 2000. In 2004, Fogle founded a nonprofit called the Jared Foundation to help fight childhood obesity.
Fogle was linked to a child pornography which caused investigators to raid his home back in July 2015. According to the New York Times, Fogle was linked to the case of the former executive director of the foundation, Russell C. Taylor.
Russell Taylor’s Charges
In May of this year, Taylor was charged with producing and possessing child pornography. The New York Times reported that authorities found over 400 videos of child pornography in Taylor’s home.
The Detroit News reported “Prosecutors have said Taylor secretly filmed minors and passed some photographs and videos of minors on to Fogle.”
It was reported that Taylor secretly recorded “12 minors nude, changing clothes, and engaged in activities using hidden cameras.” Prosecutors alleged Taylor sent Fogle videos of 8 of those 12 youths, and sent images of youths as young as 12.
The Detroit News also said that one of the girls stepped forward on the Dr. Phil Show. The girl, who is now 16, described being secretly filmed by Taylor when she was 14-years-old.
A spokesman from the U.S Attorney’s office confirmed that this girl was one of the Jared Fogle’s 14 victims.
The Sentencing of Jared Fogle
According to a different article by Detroit News, Fogle “plead guilty to one count each of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution and receipt of child pornography,” likely in hope of a reduced sentenced.
A child-porn charge has a 20 year maximum prison sentence. Sex with a minor carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.
While the defense pursued at 5 year sentence, the prosecution went after a 12 and half year sentence. Again, the charges against Fogle included, trading in child pornography and having sex with underage prostitutes.
The U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ended up sentencing ex-Subway® pitchman, Jared Fogle, to 15 years in prison, a fine of $175,000, and a lifetime of supervision.
Fogle has also agreed to pay his 14 victims each $100,000 in restitution.
Wrapping It Up
Subway®, the popular American fast food restaurant franchise that is owned and operated by Doctor’s Associates Inc., cut ties with Fogle back in August. The New York Times reported, Fogle saying “Not a day will go by when I don’t think about what I did.”
What do you think?
Do you think that justice was served in the case of Jared Fogle?