Jared Fogle, the disgraced former spokesperson for Subway has accepted a plea deal in Indianapolis which could possibly land him in jail for 5 to 12 and a half years in prison for child pornography and sex acts with minors. He has also been ordered to pay over $1 million to his victims.
Authorities released more information about the extent of Jared’s crimes during a press conference:
Throughout the course of the inquiry, investigators acquired 16 smart phones, five basic cell phones, six laptops, one desktop computer, 10 flash drives and memory cards, 46 CDs, and 22 DVDs. Altogether, they reviewed more 159,634 text messages, 47,623 images, and 3,3 394 videos pertaining to Fogle’s sexual activities with minors. Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said, “Words tend to escape me today as this came to fruition,” and issued a warning to perpetrators against children that authorities would eventually find out. “I cannot think of anything more repugnant than molesting a child,” he added.
Steve DeBronta of the U.S. Attorney’s Office said he was “fairly confident” that no other victims could be identified based on the recovered evidence, but that the specifics of the plea deal would allow him to alter the nature of the charges against Fogle if new details should emerge.
DeBronta added that the federal investigation did not involve Subway, and that there were not currently any charges or allegations that Subway employees were aware of his crimes.
Fogle’s attorney, Jeremy Margolis, released the following statement after the press conference:
Jared Fogle is agreeing to plead guilty to the charges filed against him today. In doing so, Jared is accepting responsibility for what he has done. He is also volunteering to make restitution to those affected by his deplorable behavior. While Jared fully recognizes that such monetary contribution will not undo the harm he has caused, he is hopeful it will assist these individuals as they try to move forward with their lives.
Jared also understands that he requires significant psychiatric medical treatment and counseling. He has already begun that process by being extensively examined by a world-renowned expert in sexual conditions in order to chart a course to recovery. It is Jared’s intent and goal to become healthy again.
Most importantly, Jared understands that he has hurt innocent people, vulnerable people, and his family. He has expressed remorse to me and to his loved ones, and will, when given the opportunity, express that remorse to this court and to the people he has harmed. His intent is to spend the rest of his life making amends.
In a brief statement that was released after the plea agreement was released, Jared Fogel’s wife explained that she is filing for divorce and requested privacy for her family:
Obviously, I am extremely shocked and disappointed by the recent developments involving Jared. I am in the process of seeking a dissolution of the marriage. My focus is exclusively on the well-being of my children. Neither I nor my family will have any further comment on the matter. I appreciate respect for my family’s privacy during this difficult time.
I really do hope they throw the book at this sorry excuse for a human being!