Jared Fogle gets more than 15 years in prison for sex crimes
Note the quotes in italics. Note the pornography was the evidence of the crime that had already taken place against children.
Note the classification by the dense of "mild pedophilia."
Now he’ll find out what a decade and a half of prison bologna sandwiches will do.
The Subway sandwich chain’s ex-pitchman, Jared Fogle, was slammed with a 15-year, 8-month sentence on child porn charges Thursday, after a hearing in which his shrinks blamed his more than 200-pound weight loss for turning him “hyper-sexual.”
Subway’s turkey footlongs made him a sex-crazed pedophile, Fogle had claimed in a last-ditch try for leniency.
Fogle “traded a horrible food addiction for a horrible sex addiction,” defense lawyer Jeremy Margolis had argued at sentencing.
Fogle himself spoke during the sentencing hearing, drawing two deep breaths and then telling the judge,
“For most of my adult life, I’ve been in the spotlight, trying to be a role model. I became dependent on alcohol, pornography and prostitutes."
“Not a day will go by when I don’t think about what I did. Members of my family are also victims of my acts,” he told the judge, noting that his wife, the mother of his two young children, will now be a single mother.
“You gave your wife $7 million,” US District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt snapped back. “She’ll be okay.”
Fogle had been obese due to a life-long compulsive eating disorder, but once he lost 245 pounds on a strict diet of Subway turkey and veggie heroes, his obsessive disorder transferred to sex, his shrink told the judge on Fogle’s behalf at Thursday’s hearing, held in federal court in Indianapolis.
“Once he lost weight, it seemed as though in a short time he had hyper-sexuality,” and began fantasizing about prepubescent girls and boys, and seeking out 16- and 17-year-old prostitutes, forensic psychiatrist John Bradford told the judge.
“There are brain disorders that can be associated with sexual drive,” insisted the shrink, one in a team of mental health experts who argued that Fogle suffers from “hyper-sexuality,” “mild pedophilia, and alcohol issues, and so needs medical treatment, not prison.
“I believe he did suffer from pedophilia, except it didn’t involve acting out with a child. He denies he ever touched a child,” Bradford testified, adding that Fogle spent a minimum of $12,000 a year on prostitutes.
Even his own lawyers called Fogle “pathetic.” “Nobody wants to be Jared Fogle,” defense lawyer Andrew Richard DeVooght conceded.
Prosecutors in turn regaled the judge with details of Fogle’s sickening kiddie porn perversions.
“I’ll pay you big for a 14- or 15-year-old,” Fogle had texted an 18-year-old prostitute from Las Vegas, after paying her for sex, a detective told the judge Thursday.
The pornography viewed by Fogle included images of children as young as 6, the prosecution has said. Fogle, 38, is the father of two children under the age of 5. Prosecutors have said there is no evidence he abused his own kids.
Fogle possessed over 600 photos and videos of child porn, much of it provided for him by co-defendant Russell Taylor, former head of Fogle’s foundation. Taylor, who cooperated in the investigation and has yet to be sentenced, would tape his young family members and their friends for Fogle, prosecutors have said.
Fogle had pleaded guilty earlier Thursday to one count each of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution and receipt of child pornography. He has also paid his 14 victims $100,000 each in restitution.
Prosecutors had asked for a 12½-year sentence. Fogle’s attorneys asked for the mandatory minimum sentence of five years.
Fogle has already served three months’ home confinement, which will count toward his prison time.