Ex-Subway pitchman Fogle gets more than 15 years in prison

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Ex-Subway pitchman Fogle gets more than 15 years in prison.

Subway Restaurants’ former spokesman Jared Fogle was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison, three years more than the maximum sought by the government, after pleading guilty to child-pornography charges in a deal that imposes lifetime supervision on the fallen sandwich pitchman. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jared Fogle emerged from obscurity to become the unlikely face of one of the nation’s biggest restaurant chains, earning a small fortune by touting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle that included Subway sandwiches.Disgraced former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle’s psychiatrist claimed that his massive weight loss caused his pedophilia, but experts say the impulse was always there — suppressed by his overeating. “It’s possible that he was struggling with these feelings beforehand and using the compulsive eating all his adult life to avoid what he was feeling about the lure towards kids,” Dr.

Jared Fogle, the disgraced former spokesman of the Subway restaurant chain, could face 12 years in prison for charges related to child pornography and sex crimes following a July raid of his Indianapolis home. His sentencing Thursday in Indianapolis federal court largely ends a scandal that shook the sandwich shop chain, which benefited from its long-running “Eat Fresh” campaign but has struggled of late with declining sales. Judith Brisman, psychologist and director of the Eating Disorder Resource Center in Midtown, told the Daily News. “[The diet] might have caused a nutritional imbalance that could have made him depressed or hyper, but it would not have caused him to be attracted to kids. Fogle, 38, shot his first Subway commercial in 2000 and became a prominent figure with ads highlighting a personal story of losing weight on a diet consisting primarily of the chain’s sandwiches.

District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt sentenced Fogle on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to one count each of travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution and receipt of child pornography. Fogle confessed to paying for sex with minors as young as 16 and buying child pornography from the former director of his charity foundation, Russell Taylor. Fogle’s defense lawyer unsuccessfully sought a lesser sentence today by claiming his client substituted a desire for illicit sex for a food addiction. Jeremy Margolis said his client had “traded a terrible food addiction for a terrible sex addiction.” He called as a witness John Bradford, a professor at the University of Ottawa, to explain Fogle’s diet may have been connected to what he called “mild” pedophilia.

They had a sexual behavior expert testify in an Indianapolis courtroom that the 38-year-old became a sex fiend after dropping 245 pounds, blaming his Subway diet of turkey and veggies as the cause of his sex addiction. Fogle is extreme,” she added of the former spokesman, who is charged with watching homemade kiddie porn from Russell Taylor, the former head of the Jared Foundation. She also ordered him to submit to a lifetime of post-prison supervision and fined him $175,000. “What a gift, to have such a professional windfall fall in your lap,” Pratt said, referring to the lucrative deal Subway gave Fogle after he lost more than 200 pounds in college, partly by eating its sandwiches.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, sexual fantasies and urges classified under a hypersexual disorder are not because of direct physiological effects including drugs or manic episodes.When Fogle was restricted to a limited diet and unable to over eat, he lashed out sexually. He’s treated may patients who compulsively overeat and who have lost a considerable weight. “His interests and pursuits were illegal — they were underage and he crossed that legal boundary.

Prosecutors say Fogle had the opportunity to turn Taylor into authorities and stop his victimization, but instead he encouraged Taylor to produce even more child pornography. But she said Fogle blew the chance he’d been given by living a double life and pointed out that the crimes he committed weren’t victimless. “The level of perversion and lawlessness exhibited by Mr.

Fogle’s lawyers’ diminished excuse is similar to the “Twinkie defense” coined during the Dan White murder trial in 1979 of San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk and mayor George Moscone. Even if he had increased sexuality, that doesn’t mean that he can violate what society has deemed appropriate,” said Young. “The rate of recidivism is quite high, but I think we also have to worry about putting people away and never giving them a chance for release — we are a society that does allow for penance.” Fogle garnered fame after becoming a pitchman for Subway after shedding over 250 pounds — ostensibly based on walking more and a diet of Subway sandwiches.

It also exposed the child porn videos produced by the guy who Fogle hired to run his charitable organization. (That loser will be sentenced next month.) So what’s next? Fogle’s attorneys are asking for only a five-year sentence, saying their client is “profoundly sorry for what he has done.” Fogle has agreed to dole out $1.4 million to his 14 victims, with each receiving $100,000. He went as far as offering an 18-year-old Las Vegas prostitute a $400 finder’s fee to procure an even younger victim. “Did you find me some young girls or boys?” he asked the woman in a text message, according to a detective’s testimony. She recommended Fogle receive sex offender treatment in prison and said she’ll recommend he serve his time at a federal lockup in Littleton, Colorado, that specializes in such treatment.

Subway fired Fogle when the plea agreement emerged in August, calling his actions “inexcusable.” He’s since paid $1.4 million in restitution to 14 of his victims. Fogle’s lawyers and relatives left court without speaking to the media, and his attorney Ron Elberger did not respond to a question about whether Fogle will appeal his sentence. There, Cynthia Johnson hid for what must have seemed to be an eternity, watching in horror as the gunman chased her husband, Carl, and daughter, Hannah, into a travel camper.

In arguing for a five-year prison term, Fogle’s attorney Jeremy Margolis told Pratt that Fogle is ready for prison and has “lost his wife, he’s lost the children he loved and he’s not going to see them for years and years and years.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven DeBrota, who handled Fogle’s prosecution, said he was pleased with the sentence and said Pratt made “a thoughtful explanation of why she thought the right answer was 188 months.” DeBrota said that while some speculated that Fogle’s wealth and celebrity would help him get a shorter sentence, the judge rejected that suggestion, as well as arguments by Fogle’s attorneys that his notoriety and wealth would place him under added stress in prison. Judge Pratt interrupted, “You gave your wife $7 million, so she’ll be OK.” After the four-hour proceeding, Fogle blew kisses and waved goodbye to his family members seated in the front row. Prosecutors and Fogle’s lawyer sought a sentence of at least five years and less than 12 years and seven months. “I truly didn’t think through what I was doing,” Fogle, wearing a black suit, told Judge Pratt at his hearing, occasionally breaking down into tears. “I’ll be forever remorseful.” Judge Pratt said she believed him, but decided to mete out a longer sentence than requested because federal guidelines “didn’t take into account the number of victims or the length of time” the conduct went on.

He also said Fogle’s main interest was young females but that he also had some interest in adolescent males, and that Fogle told him he masturbated to fantasies about prepubescent girls but that there was no evidence he “actually engaged in sex” with such children. Bradford said Fogle apparently had a compulsive eating disorder before he lost all of the weight that led to him becoming the face of Subway, and that his hypersexuality seemed to develop shortly after he shed the extra pounds. Last month, the chain joined many of its competitors by announcing it will switch to meat raised without antibiotics, beginning early next year in the U.S.

In his plea deal, Fogle admitted that he had sex at New York City hotels with two girls under age 18 — one of whom was 16 at the time — and paid them for that sex. The change, which will be phased in over the next decade, is part of a broader strategy to maintain its image as the go-to healthy fast-food option and adjust to shifting consumer tastes. Authorities said Taylor secretly filmed 12 minors as they were nude, changing clothes, or engaged in other activities using hidden cameras in his Indianapolis-area residences to produce child pornography.

We couldn’t resist.) The FDA announced Thursday that it’s approved the first genetically modified food animal: the AquAdvantage salmon, a fast-growing variety that is supposed to be as nutritious and safe to eat as any other Atlantic salmon. In August, Fogle agreed to plead guilty and pay $100,000 each to 14 victims—some of whom he’d met at social events in Indiana and who later showed up in the explicit footage created by Taylor. The prosecutor, Steven DeBrota, had said the payments were drawn from $1.4-million put aside under the agreement for the victims to receive $100,000 each.

Some critics of genetically modified foods have derided such animals as “Frankenfoods” because of concerns that these products could cause health or environmental problems. Before Fogle entered his guilty pleas Thursday, one of his attorneys told the judge that Fogle had paid 12 of the 14 victims and turned over the checks for the last two victims before the proceedings began. But only the second verse (You had me several years ago when I was still quite naïve/Well, you said that we made such a pretty pair/And that you would never leave …).

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