UPDATED, 10:27 AM: Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced today to more than 15 years in prison under a plea deal in which he admitted to charges of repeatedly having sex with minors and receiving child pornography. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt sentenced Fogle to 188 months on each count, to be served concurrently — which adds up to a little more than 15 1/2 years.
Before the sentencing, a forensic psychiatrist said Fogle became “hypersexual” after he lost nearly 245 pounds on a diet of Subway sandwiches — weight loss that led to him becoming the face of the huge franchise. “Once he lost weight, it seemed as though in a short time he had hyper-sexuality,” Dr. John Bradford told the Indianapolis court. “There are brain disorders that can be associated with sexual drive.”
UPDATE with charges, details of pending plea deal: Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was formally charged this morning in Indianapolis with multiple counts including engaging in sex with minors and possessing explicit images. He’ll be required to pay restitution of $1.4 million, or $100,000 per victim, and may face up to 20 years in prison. He has reportedly worked out a deal that will see him serve 12 years, and has notified the court of his intent to plead guilty today.
The situation is growing significantly darker for the man who once symbolized easy dieting and was the face of one of the world’s most successful fast food companies. Following widespread news first reported yesterday that Fogle would plead guilty to charges of possessing child pornography, Subway severed all ties with the former pitchman, issuing a terse Twitter statement confirming his status:
The story began in July, when the FBI raided Fogle’s home and seized several of his computers. That raid stemmed from the May 4 arrest on child pornography charges of Russell Taylor, former executive director of Fogle’s children’s health charity. Taylor was formally charged July 6.
At the time Fogle’s house was raided, Subway temporarily suspended its relationship with him, saying in a statement that “we are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee… We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don’t have any more details at this point.”
Fogle gained widespread fame in 2000, after news of his so-called “Subway diet” led the company to hire him as a spokesman for its lower-calorie offerings. Though his presence in Subway advertising declined in 2008 following the introduction of the $5 Footlong campaign, he continued to make occasional appearances in commercials, and in public for the chain. During his tenure, Fogle became a pop culture touchstone, with references in shows like Comedy Central’s South Park and Fox’s American Dad, and even a cameo on an episode of NBC’s Community.