Earlier today, former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison for a range of charges pertaining to sexual abuse of children. After a raid of his home in July, he pleaded guilty to “one count each of travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution and receipt of child pornography” in August. He possessed incriminating pictures of children as young as 6-years-old and paid for sex with minors as young as 16 on multiple occasions in New York hotels.
Text messages from Fogle display how willing he was to pay for sex with young girls. According to CBS News, some of the texts read:
“I’ll pay you big for a 14 or 15-year-old,” Fogle wrote. “If you get me 16 or below, I’ll pay you $400 for a finders fee and I’ll pay her $300.”
In another conversation, he wrote to an alleged Kansas City prostitute, “The younger the better lol” and “Girl or boy is fine actually.”
A forensic psychologist was called on by the defense to present his findings on his evaluation of the 38-year-old Fogle. By phone, the psyche told the court that Fogle experienced “hypersexuality” after the tremendous weight-loss that got him his deal wit Subway. The psyche said that Fogle suffered from “mild pedophilia,” a diagnosis the prosecution dismissed as unacceptable among medical professionals.
Reports quote Fogle as pleading, “At the time, I truly did not understand what I was doing as well as the consequences of my actions…At the time, I thought that because I was paying them it was okay.”
Fogle’s own attorney called his offenses “pathetic” as he tried to get the judge to impose the minimum sentence of five years. The defense claimed that Fogle never produced any child pornography and his reputation has been decimated. The judge wasn’t having it, and imposed the 15 plus year sentence, more than the prosecution’s desired 12 1/2 years.
Fogle violated a total of 14 children, and agreed to pay restitution to them in the sum of $1.4 million. As of last week, 11 have been paid their $100,000 share. The three others should be paid by the time Fogle is formally sentenced.