Former Subway Pitchman to pay $1.4 million in restitution to minor victims
Documents released Wednesday by Federal prosecutors say longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle has agreed to plead guilty to engaging in sex acts with minors and receiving child pornography. The U.S. attorney’s office in Indianapolis say the 37-year-old will plead 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. The agreement filed by prosecutors ahead of an expected court appearance by Fogle says he agrees to: pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 minor victims, each victim will receive $100,000. Once the most widely recognizable spokesperson, Fogle will now register as a sex offender and undergo treatment for sexual disorders. Documents say the government will recommend a sentence of more than 12one space½ in prison. Fogle traveled to New York City to pay for sex acts with minors while he knowingly received child pornography secretly produced by the then-director of his charitable foundation, Russell Taylor. He also reportedly sent text messages to escorts, asking for access to minors ages 14 or 15, the documents say. The prosecutors say Fogle received multiple images and videos, some of which were taken by Taylor with a video camera hidden in a clock radio that filmed children changing clothes or bathing. Taylor lost his job after he was arrested in May. Investigators said they found hidden cameras and 400 videos of child pornography on computers in his home. Court documents says Fogle knew those depicted were minors and were knew them by name. 15 years ago Fogle, then a college student, became the face of Subway after losing more than 200 pounds, in part by eating the chain’s sandwiches. Subway ended its relationship with Fogle.