Former Subway spokesperson Jared Fagle reached a plea agreement Wednesday with federal prosecutors in which he will admit his guilt regarding child pornography offenses and paying to engage in sex acts with minors. An Associated Press article, picked up by the South Bend Tribune, reports the agreement includes restitution for 14 minors, who are to be paid $100,000 each. The agreement also includes language which will limit the prison sentence for Fagle to at least five years, but not more than twelve and a half years.
Fagle is married and has two children. His wife Katie also announced today she will be seeking a divorce. Her statement, according to People.com, reads: “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.”
Fagle’s attorney, Jeremy Margolis, in a press interview outside the courthouse today, stated Jared is already seeking psychiatric help from a “world-renowned expert in sexual conditions.” He also understands he “has hurt innocent people, vulnerable people, and his family” and is intent is to spend the rest of his life making amends.” (See video above.)
Of course, no amount of “restitution” will remove the hurt of what he has done to his family and others. It is a shame someone who was such an inspiration to many losing over 200 pounds by making healthy choices will be forever marked by this dark chapter in his life. The harm he has done is reminiscent of what Jesus said in Matthew 18:
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!” [6-7 NIV]
Jesus goes on to warn about “the fire of hell,” but in a real sense, Jared Fogle in even now living in a hell of his own making. His attorney holds out hope Jared can one day become a “productive member of society,” but he has a long, long row to hoe. God’s grace can reach anyone, even one caught in the clutches of such evil. But it will not be easy. It certainly won’t be any easy for his victims.