Chicago: The longtime spokesman for the Subway fast food chain was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison today for having sex with minors and possessing child pornography, prosecutors said.
Jared Fogle, a 38-year-old father of two, was famous in the United States as “the Subway Guy” after claiming he lost 200 pounds (90 kilograms) in college by eating healthily at Subway sandwich shops.
That all changed when police received a tip in April that Russell Taylor, the one-time head of Fogle’s charitable foundation, was a pedophile.
Police found hidden cameras in Taylor’s home that he used to secretly film a dozen children aged nine to 16 in order to produce child pornography, court documents showed. Prosecutors said Taylor used drugs, money and alcohol to induce the children to engage them in sexual acts.
Text messages led them to Fogle, who did not produce the pornography but admitted to receiving it and failing to intervene to protect the sexually exploited children, many of whom he had met socially and knew by name.Fogle agreed to plead guilty in August.
At the sentencing hearing, he also admitted that he offered a “finder’s fee” to adult escorts who could connect him to young girls, including two aged 16 to 17 he paid to have sex with in New York.
“The Jared Fogle chapter is now closed with the announcement of his sentencing and his removal from a free society,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter.