Jared Fogle, the once beloved Subway spokesman who fell from grace after his involvement in child pornography and sex with a minor was brought to light, has been sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison. In August, Fogle made a plea deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to plead guilty to two charges — possession of child pornography and illicit sexual conduct with a minor — and not to ask for less than five years in jail. In turn, prosecutors agreed to seek a maximum sentence of 12 1/2 years.
Last week, Fogle’s lawyers filed a sentencing request in which they asked that he be given the lightest possible sentence — only five years. As a reason, they cited the fact that Fogle “never asked” for pornography involving prepubescent children, and that the two minors he crossed state lines with were 16 and 17, “far older than many victims of the same crime.”
According to the Indy Star, present at the sentencing, the prosecution read aloud text messages that Fogle had exchanged with an 18-year-old woman he had previously paid for sex. One text read, “Did you find me some young girls or boys?” Another said, “I’ll pay you big for a 14- or 15-year-old.” A third asked, “How young do you think you can find?”
In a statement to the court, Fogle said that “not a day of my life will go by when I don’t think about what I did.” He has since paid out $100,000 each to 12 of the 14 identified victims, with payments to the last two forthcoming.
Fogle’s career and freedom are just a snapshot of his worries. His marriage and his reputation as a whole has suffered irreparable damage.
Do you think Jared can bounce back from this in say, 15 years?