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Jared Fogle Pays Victims $1.4 Million In Restitution As Part Of Child Porn Plea Bargain

Jared Fogle has begun to pay $1 million in restitution to his victims. The former Subway pitchman has paid 10 of his child pornography victims and must make payments to four others.

The Subway spokesman pled guilty to having sex with minors and child pornography charges and was ordered to pay $100,000 to each of his victims, USA Today reports. Prosecutors in the case anticipate that the remaining Jared Fogle victims will receive their payments for his sentencing hearing on November 14. A total of $1.4 million was set aside in an account under the terms of the Fogle plea agreement.

Jared Fogle faces a possible sentence of five to 12 years in a federal prison on the child pornography and having sex with minors charges, NewsOxy reports.

James Fogle, 38, became nationally known after he was hired by Subway to pitch its healthy fast food alternative meals. The father of two lost more than 200 pounds by eating Subway sandwiches and exercising. The restaurant chain began featuring Fogle in their commercials and advertisements in 2000. His relationship with the brand ended in July, the same month that police investigators raided his home in Indianapolis.

Below is the very first Jared Fogle Subway ad, in which the former pitchman shows his “fat jeans” on camera.

Fogle commissioned Russel Taylor, the executive director of the former Subway pitchman’s childhood obesity charity, to produce child porn with at least 12 underage girls, court documents alleged. One of the child pornography victims filmed was allegedly as young as 6. Fogle also allegedly flew to New York City on multiple occasions to have sex with underage girls.

The star of the Subway commercials also allegedly began soliciting the services of prostitutes. Fogle is accused of scheduling his business trips to coincide with his sex-for-hire plans.

The July raid at the Fogle home was reportedly initiated after the Subway pitchman’s name came up in associated with a case related to Taylor. The executive director of the childhood obesity foundation was arrested in May on seven counts of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

After the raid on Russell Taylor’s home, law enforcement investigators garnered a warrant to search Fogle’s suburban residence. The raid reportedly turned up more than 400 child porn videos inside the private office he kept at his home. Subway immediately suspended its business relationship with the popular pitchman.

On August 19, Jared’s attorney notified the federal court hearing the case that his client intended to plead guilty to the two charges levied against him. One charge states that Fogle distributed or received images of minors who were engaged in explicit sexual conduct. The other charge the Subway star was facing involved claims that he traveled across state lines to have sex with minor girls.

Prosecutors maintain that Jared Fogle knew that Russell Taylor had produced pornography of young children. The claims include a report that a group of 12 minor girls were filmed secretly inside the foundation director’s home. Under the terms of Fogle’s plea agreement, $1.4 million was placed in a trust account for the victims. Four of the Subway pitchman’s victims are now adults.

Fogle’s funds were essentially impounded by the prosecutors so they could not be spent or otherwise dissipated. The financial awards to the victims will be used in part to cover the cost of counseling and other needs. One of Jared Fogle’s victims is reportedly homeless.

What do you think about the Jared Fogle plea agreement and $1.4 million awarded to the victim’s of the former Subway pitchman?

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