Jared Fogle sentenced for child pornography charges

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A former spokesman for a popular sandwich shop will spend more than 15 years in prison.

On Thursday, Jared Fogle was sentenced to 188 months in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

The charges come after federal agents raided Fogle’s home in early July. FBI sources said investigators were serving warrants at his home in connection with a child pornography investigation. Several computers and DVDs were seized from Fogle’s home.

Fogle eventually pleaded guilty to conspiracy to receive child pornography and traveling to have sex with a minor.

Fogle's attorneys  had asked for a five-year sentence, while prosecutors requested a sentence of 12.5 years.

However, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt told Fogle the court had the authority to sentence him to up to 50 years behind bars.

During a tearful statement, Fogle called his own conduct "horrible" and said he went from being a person with good values to one who became deceptive and self-centered.

"I have become dependent on alcohol, pornography and prostitutes," he told the court.

"It is my intent to learn from these experiences so that I never, ever do these things again," he said. "I take full responsibility for what I've done."

Under the agreement, Fogle isn't allowed to have unsupervised meetings with minors other than his children.

Once he is released, he will be constantly monitored on electronic devices.

Also, Fogle is required to pay restitution to the 14 victims who were secretly photographed or whom he paid for sex.

"Not a day will go by where I won't think of (the victims.) I hope the restitution will help in their lives," he said.

Each victim will get $100,000, funds intended for counseling, support and other assistance.

Earlier this year, Russell Taylor, the former director of the Jared Foundation started by Fogle, was arrested in a child pornography case. He was accused of possessing and producing child pornography.

Prosecutors say Fogle viewed those videos and knew what Taylor was doing. He didn't do anything to stop him, prosecutors said, adding that Fogle knew some of the minors.

Taylor also provided him with commercial child pornography.

According to court documents, Fogle paid to have sex with minors, contacting prostitutes to facilitate the encounters.

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