Ex-Subway pitchman Jard Fogle seeking 5-year prison sentence

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By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jared Fogle’s attorneys are seeking a five-year prison term for the former Subway pitchman on child pornography and sex-crime charges.

The suburban Indianapolis man’s attorneys made that argument Thursday in a federal court filing. They said Fogle “is profoundly sorry for what he has done.”

Fogle agreed on August 19th to plead guilty to one count each of travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution and receipt of child pornography. Prosecutors are seeking a 12 ½-year sentence.

The court filing notes Fogle has agreed pay his 14 victims a total of $1.4 million in restitution. It says those payments demonstrate “both the genuine remorse he feels and his commitment” to help his victims “move forward” with their lives.

In the meantime, one of the child pornography victims receiving restitution from Fogle is going public about her ordeal.

The girl, now 16, appeared on the Dr. Phil show on Thursday. She described being secretly recorded at age 14 by Russell Taylor, who ran a foundation Fogle started.

Prosecutors have said Taylor secretly filmed minors and passed some photographs and videos of minors on to Fogle. The girl said she was among three youths who drank alcoholic beverages at Taylor’s house and became intoxicated.

U.S. Attorney’s office spokesman Tim Horty said Thursday “it’s very unusual” for federal prosecutors to confirm victims of child pornography, but said he could confirm she was among Fogle’s 14 victims because the teenager chose “to make herself public.”

The show identified the girl only as Annalissa, and there were no efforts to obscure her appearance during the on-camera interview.