updated 5:11 PM UTC, Jan 17, 2017

Jared Fogle Sentenced To 15 Years

Jared Fogle Sentenced To 15 Years

( 4UMF NEWS ) Jared Fogle Sentenced To 15 Years:

Former Subway sandwich pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison Thursday on child pornography charges.

Fogle’s attorneys sought five years for one count of possession of child pornography and one count of traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor. The prosecution sought 12½ years. Sentencing guidelines were from five to 50 years.

Prior to his sentence, Fogle, 38, said somewhere along the line he began “living the life of deception, lies and complete self-centeredness.”

Fogle officially pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of possession of child pornography and one count of traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor.

“For most of my adult life, I’ve been in the spotlight, trying to be a role model,” Fogle said. “…I became dependent on alcohol, pornography and prostitutes.”

Fourteen victims have been identified in the Fogle case, prosecutors said. Fogle has paid $100,000 each to 12 of the 14 victims. Fogle’s lawyer said there was “some question” about processing payments to the remaining victims. Fogle gave prosecutors a $200,000 check before the hearing began.

Fogle said he hopes restitution helps victims.

“I have taken things from them that can never be fully remedied,” he said.

“I so regret that I let so many of you down,” Fogle said.

The shocking child pornography investigation shattered Fogle’s wholesome and lucrative image and exposed the criminal activities of the man Fogle hired to run his charitable organization focused on fighting childhood obesity.

Russell Taylor, 44, admitted to secretly producing pornographic videos of 12 children, all of whom he knew, and sharing some of those videos with Fogle, his good friend and former boss. He is to be sentenced next month.

Fourteen victims have been identified in the Fogle case, prosecutors said. Fogle has paid $100,000 each to 12 of the 14 victims. Fogle’s lawyer said there was “some question” about processing payments to the remaining victims. Fogle gave prosecutors a $200,000 check before the hearing began.

Fogle’s attorneys are asking for five years. Federal prosecutors are asking for 12½ years. A pre-sentencing report recommends 11 years and three months to 14 years.

The judge will make the final decision within the five to 50 range. Under federal guidelines, Fogle will have to serve at least 85% of his sentence to be eligible for release.

In statements before sentencing, Fogle’s attorney asks the judge to consider Fogle’s unique circumstances.

“When your honor is considering what is just punishment, we ask that you consider unique consequences Mr. Fogle will suffer the rest of his life,” his attorneys said. “The time in prison will be harder for him than for prisoners who committed the exact same offense. … Mr Fogle has destroyed his life. He did it to himself. … His punishment is not going to stop when he gets out of prison. Sixty months is enough for him to know he’ll never do this again.”

Attorney Andrew DeVooght told the court that Fogle looked at child pornography but didn’t produce any porn.

Fogle looked at images on a thumb drive three times, including commercial pornography of children as young as 6, and then threw it away, DeVooght said.

But Fogle “never requested that level of disgusting material” from Taylor.

On Thursday, Pratt read the conditions of Fogle’s release when he gets out of prison. As part of the plea agreement, Fogle will not have any unsupervised meetings with minors and will undergo psychological treatment.

Fogle’s lawyer interjected about interactions with his client’s own children, both of whom are under 5. He said Fogle’s crimes did not involve young children.

“Adolescents, yes,” said Jeremy Margolis. “Children, no.”

Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is appearing in federal court after pleading guilty to one count of possession of child pornography and one count of traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor. He could face up to 50 years behind bars. VPC

Folge has admitted to traveling to pay for sex with two minors, one 16 and the other 17 at the time. The pornography he viewed, however, did include children as young as 6, according to filings by the prosecution.

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