Former Subway rep Jared Fogle has paid $1.1 million in restitution to 11 of his sexual abuse victims, and will pay an additional $300,000 to three more victims before being sentenced Nov. 19. Fogle agreed to make the payments after pleading guilty to having sex with underage children and possession of child pornography.
Fogle agreed to serve a minimum of five years in jail under a plea deal. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven DeBrota told the AP the money Jared paid out will be used for mental health counseling, medical care and other needs to help his 14 victims recover from the trauma.
Fogle’s attorney Jeremy Margolis said his client agreed to the restitution payments in August, when he agreed to the plea deal. “Jared fully recognizes that such monetary contribution will not undo the harm he has caused,” said Margolis. [But he hopes it can help] these individuals as they try to move forward with their lives.”
In court documents, Jared admitted he engaged in sex acts with minors and received child porn. Fogle pled guilty to “one count of travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and one count of distribution and receipt of child pornography.”
Jared confessed he traveled to New York City between 2010 and 2013 to pay for sex acts with minors (one victim was 14) and knowingly received child porn secretly produced by Russell Taylor, the former director of Fogle’s charitable foundation.
Fogle admitted sending texts to escorts asking them “to provide him with access to minors as young as 14 to 15 years for purposes of commercial sex acts with him.” In November 2012, Fogle paid a 17-year-old girl money for sex while he stayed at the Plaza Hotel in New York.
The next day, Jared texted the teen “offering to pay her a fee if she could find him an underage girl to engage in commercial sex acts with him,” saying he would “accept a 16 year old,” but “the younger the girl, the better.”
Child porn was discovered on Jared’s home computer, which was seized by the FBI Explicit nude images of children as young as 6 were found on Fogle’s computer.
Jared: I Paid $100 For ‘Amazing Sex’ With Teen
In 2008, Fogle admitted having sex with a 16-year-old girl in text messages subpoenaed by the FBI. A former Subway franchisee Jared was having sex with claimed she alerted Subway management about Fogle’s inappropriate texts and behavior, but the sandwich chain said it had no record of her complaints.
In the 2008 text messages, Fogle repeatedly asked the woman to place an ad on Craigslist to solicit sex with other men. Jared told the woman she can earn $500 per sex act and asked if he could watch.
The texts were recorded by the woman’s phone from January to June 2008. On June 19, 2008, Fogle asked the woman to advertise herself for sex on Craigslist.
She replied: “Is this the same website you found that 16 year old girl you that you f*****? … I still can’t believe you only paid $100 for her.” Fogle, now 38, responded “It was amazing!!!!”
Fogle became an overnight celebrity in 2000 when Subway hired him to be its healthy eating spokesperson. The 6-foot-2 Jared, who once weighed 425 pounds, lost 245 pounds by eating only Subway sandwiches for lunch and dinner. He has more or less maintained that weight loss for 15 years.