|Jared Fogle Sentenced to 15 1/2 Years in Prison|
Jared Fogle Sentenced to 15 1/2 Years in Prison
Former pitchman Jared Fogle Subway was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on charges of distributing pornography and illicit sexual conduct with a minor, beyond the 12 and a half years prosecutors sought.
Tanya Walton Pratt judge issued the sentence of 188 months for Mr. Fogle, during a hearing Thursday in Indianapolis federal court that lasted over four hours.
Mr Fogle, 38, pleaded guilty to the charges. He agreed to do so in August, requesting a five-year sentence, his lawyers argued in court documents was sufficient punishment.
Lawyers for Mr. Fogle declined to comment Thursday.
Mr Fogle previously agreed to repay $ 1.4 million to 14 victims identified by authorities and already paid anything but a victim, with which prosecutors are still trying to logistical work of payment, according to a spokesman for the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana.
Mr Fogle also on Thursday ordered to pay a $ 175,000 fine to the Court.
Metro cut links with Mr Fogle in July after a raid by federal authorities of his home in the suburb of Zionsville Indianapolis, IND.
The incident highlighted the risks for companies to bind tightly to individual personalities and reminds metro negative at a time when the string "sandwich" was already suffering from declining sales and ill health of founder Fred DeLuca , who died in September.
Metro has used Mr Fogle, who had claimed to lose weight by eating his sandwich in marketing for 15 years. "The subway guys," as was M. Fogle, has appeared in over 300 commercials for the company.
Metro declined to comment on the sentencing.
Metro, property Doctor Associates Inc., said he has no knowledge of Mr Fogle alleged conduct before the raid on his house. The company conducted an internal investigation after a former franchise owner and a television reporter said that having shared their concerns about the interest of Mr Fogle minors with the company.
Its investigation, completed in September, identified a single complaint shared with Metro about Mr. Fogle, submitted through its website in 2011, the company said.
He said that the complaint was serious, but implies nothing about sexual behavior or criminal activity involving Mr. Fogle.
"We regret that this comment was not properly lift or followed," a spokesperson for the metro, in a statement before sentencing.
Prosecutors said that m. Fogle has received child pornography Russell Taylor, executive director of nonprofit Foundation's Mr. Jared Fogle.
Taylor was arrested earlier this year and charged with multiple counts of child exploitation and production of child pornography.
Mr Taylor, who pleaded guilty to the charges, should be sentenced on December 10, according to his lawyer, Brad Banks. In addition to receiving child pornography Mr. Taylor, Mr. Fogle also sought underage girls for sex escorts and asked to help arrange meetings with girls as young as old, federal authorities alleged 14 years.
In court papers, lawyers for Mr Fogle has argued that he deserved clemency because he "is not like the other defendants" in cases of child pornography. They said he did not share pornographic images, which he received from Mr. Taylor with anyone besides an adult woman with whom he was involved in a romantic relationship, it just s 'arranged sexual encounters with underage prostitutes after seeing the ads on the Internet for them rather than "trolling chat rooms, lied about his age and intentions," and the youngest with whom he is accused of sex was actually 16, "much older than many of the victims of that crime. "
However, his lawyers said: "Mr Fogle has a part to take responsibility for his conduct has to go to federal prison for a significant period of time. And he is ready to do so. "