Disgraced pitchman Jared Fogle, the one-time spokesperson for Subway, wants out of prison. But prosecutors who are fighting to keep the fallen pseudo-celebrity behind bars are reminding the court, as well as the public at large, why Fogle was incarcerated in the first place. In doing so, they are providing some harrowing insight into the compulsions that drew the man once affectionately known as “Subway Jared” into a secret world of victimization and exploitation.
According to the New York Post, the U.S. Attorney’s office has released a series of text messages from Jared Fogle to a female who had a history of procuring victims for him to sexually abuse. In the messages, Fogle offers the woman money for children while disclosing his penchant for certain age ranges and at least one ethnicity.
“I’m horny again. Is your Asian friend available?” reads a quote attributed to Fogle by Death and Taxes. “I can pay you a little finder’s fee. I’ll pay you big for a 14- or 15-year old.”
As noted by TMZ, Fogle also said he was willing to pay hundreds of dollars for an encounter with a child aged 16 or younger.
In subsequent comments noted by the New York Post, Fogle also discusses his strong preference for young girls.
“Do you have any access to any young girls? Like 15 or 16?… Cause it’s what I crave.”
Coverage by the Wrap further noted that the female recipient of the texts actually offered her own 15-year-old cousin to Fogle. He allegedly responded by offering $300 to the woman and $300 to her cousin, with the sole condition that the minor needed to be “good looking.”
Shortly after he came under suspicion for involvement in child pornography and child sex abuse in 2015, Jared Fogle was released from his job as a celebrity salesperson for Subway. Jared initially claimed that he was not involved in anything lurid or illegal, but he eventually pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to receive child pornography and traveling to have sex with a minor. Fogle is presently serving 15.6 years in prison, but he is appealing that sentence.
Although he once rubbed elbows with celebrities as the public face of Subway, Jared Fogle has had a rough ride since he hit the stony lonesome. Three months after his August 2015 conviction, Fogle’s wife, Katie, obtained a divorce and a court order restraining him from seeing their two children, ages 3 and 1.
Just last month, Jared Fogle was attacked in a prison yard beatdown by another prisoner who reportedly had “major issues with child molesters,” according to a report by TMZ. The 60-year-old assailant, convicted felon Steven Nigg, apparently left him with a bloody nose and swollen face. Nigg’s family members told TMZ that he is unhappy that child sex predators are being housed at the low-security facility where he is held.
One of the prime points of contention for Jared Fogle’s legal counsel is the fact that the court sentenced Fogle to a longer term of incarceration than what was agreed to by the prosecution. Further, Jared Fogle’s attorney has argued that his client is not likely to re-offend following his eventual release from prison. Documents filed by Fogle’s counsel also maintain that the court was aware of the severity of Fogle’s offenses when he was originally sentenced, effectively shrugging off the prosecution’s aforementioned release of Jared Fogle’s shocking text messages.
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