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Ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was absent father, skipped time with own children to travel: divorce records.

Disgraced former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle spent too little time with his kids — and way too much time with his victims, his wife argued in court papers.Fogle was hired by Subway 15 years ago after he credited the sandwiches and daily walks to a franchise of the chain for helping him lose more than 200 pounds in a year. The convicted pedophile was a deadbeat dad who rarely saw his 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter because he was busy traveling, his now ex-wife Kathleen McLaughlin argued in divorce filings.

Fogle was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison Thursday for possession and distribution of child pornography, and traveling across state lines for commercial sex with a minor. Thursday’s hearing included testimony from two defense witnesses, a forensic psychiatrist and a psychologist, who testified about their examinations of Fogle. About 30 pages of documents from the court proceedings that ended the former couple’s five-year marriage were released Wednesday after the split was made official.

The 38-year-old who made a name for himself as the spokesman for Subway admitted to having sex with girls as young as 16 and up to 400 videos from the director of his charitable foundations. In Fogle’s plea deal, his lawyers agreed not to seek a sentence of less than five years in prison and prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of no more than 12½ years behind bars. Bradford said that unlike other rapists and child molesters, Fogle didn’t rationalize his behavior: “He didn’t have those types of cognitive distortions that you would see in those individuals”. John Bradford said Fogle had become sex-obsessed after he dropped 245 pounds on a diet of turkey and veggie subs from Subway, an extreme transformation that made him the face of the popular fast-food chain. “Once he lost weight, it seemed as though in a short time he had hypersexuality,” he said. “There are brain disorders that can be associated with sexual drive.” Fogle’s lawyers’ diminished-capacity 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. The fast food icon’s downfall started when federal officials raided his suburban Indianapolis home in July and seized several computers and DVDs from the married dad.

Fogle’s defense addressed his dramatic weight loss-aided by eating at Subway-and argued that it could have impacted his sexuality. “I want to rebuild my life”, he said. Investigators arrived with a warrant after the former head of Fogle’s childhood obesity charity was arrested earlier this year on similar child porn charges. According to the court documents, Fogle has been involved in child exploitation since March 2001 when he had been viewing child pornography materials that has been given to him by his co-conspirator, Russell Taylor.

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