On Thursday, Jared Fogle received his prison sentence after pleading guilty in an extremely disturbing child exploitation case.
In case you forgot, the weight loss activist rose to fame becoming a spokesman for Subway after shedding pounds thanks to the sandwich shop — but now has been charged with counts of child pornography and having sex with minors. Gross!
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This ruling comes shortly after Russell Taylor, the director of the Jared Foundation, was arrested and the July raid on the Indiana resident's home. The corporation has since fired the father-of-two!
Back in August, the prosecution team worked out a plea deal with the scandalized celeb. However, after much back and forth between the defense and the prosecution, it's since been revealed that Jared will have to spend 188 months or a little over 15 years in prison.
In addition to his sentence, the judge ruled that Jared is NOT allowed to have unsupervised meetings with minors and cannot have any child pornography or photos of children following his completed stint in jail. The 38-year-old may see his own children ONLY if his estranged wife is present and consents (along with kiddos) to the visit.
The defendant will be closely watched as it was ruled that all of his technical devices will be monitored — including computers and cellphones. Whoa!
Also, Fogle is required to undergo treatment as a part of his supervised release. Well duh.
Thankfully, the restitution payments of $1.4 million have been made to his 14 victims. It's said the payday covers the victims' various counseling and recovery expenses.
Though the government has found no other additional victims, unidentified complainants can go after Jared for restitution. We can only imagine there are more out there since the judge relayed that the accused received child porn from his business partner countless times between 2011 and 2015. All of the victims didn't know they were being filmed — some were as young as 6-years-old.
That's just disgusting!
Dr. John Bradford spoke on behalf of Jared in court and dubbed his behavior as "mild" pedophilia, which is not an official term. Wait, what??
The medical expert explained that Jared had a compulsive eating disorder and that when he lost a significant amount of weight it developed into a compulsive hypersexuality disorder — which can be controlled with medication. Yikes!
The doctor defended that Jared never acted on his pre-pubescent fantasies despite the fact that tests showed he was more attracted to younger adolescents than teens. Good lord.
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In regards to his actions, Fogle stated in tears:
"…somewhere along the line I went from good values to deception, lies, and selfish self-centeredness… I have become dependent on alcohol, pornography and prostitutes….Not a day will go by where I won't think of (the victims.) I hope the restitution will help in their lives. I take full responsibility for what I've done. [I want to] make a positive impact."
The former pitchman will likely appeal the verdict as he previously waived his right to fight the ruling if and only if the court decided on a sentence that was within his plea deal. Oof!
It appears that's that!
What do YOU think?! Is Jared's sentence enough to make up for what he's done??
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