Jared Fogle, Subway pitchman, has paid $1 million total in restitution to 10 of his 14 victims after pleading guilty to sex acts with minors and distribution of child pornography, and he faces a possible sentence of five to 12 years in federal prison.
In a related report by NewsOXY, the fallout continued between the pitchman and the Subway sandwich chain after a whistleblower admitted a wire for evidence to the FBI. The recording allegedly provided vital information to investigators leading to raid of the Subway pitchman’s home.
The prosecutor says Jared Fogle, 37, made payments of $1.4 million under the terms of a plea agreement. The remaining four victims will also each receive $100,000 before a sentencing scheduled for Nov. 19, said the prosecutor, Steven DeBrota of the United States attorney’s office in Indianapolis.
The pitchman gained fame after losing more than 200 pounds by eating Subway sandwiches and exercising. He first appeared in ads for Subway in 2000, and then founded a nonprofit organization, the Jared Foundation, in 2004 to combat childhood obesity.
In July, investigators raided his home in the suburbs of Indianapolis after his name was associated with a case related to the former executive director of the foundation, Russell C. Taylor. Taylor was charged in May with seven counts of production of and one count of possession of child pornography.
With a similar raid at Jared Fogle’s home, investigators, acting on a tip, found more than 400 videos of child pornography in Taylor’s home office in Indianapolis.Subway suspended its relationship with Fogle that month. On Aug. 19, Fogle notified a federal court that he had agreed to plead guilty to two charges.
One charge against Jared Fogle was related to distributing and receiving images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The other charge involved him traveling across state lines to engage in commercial sex with minors.
The authorities say Fogle knew that Taylor had produced pornography of young children, including a group of 12 minors who were secretly filmed at Taylor’s home. Under the terms of the agreement, the $1.4 million was put in a trust account for the victims, four of whom are now adults. “What was innovative is we required those funds to be impounded so they could not be dissipated,” DeBrota said. He added that the money would be used to help victims receive counseling and noted that one victim was homeless.
Some people are questioning motives behind the victims as Jared Fogle pays restitution. But truth be told that he broke the law when he was with the minors in the first place.