Jared Fogle's text messages asking for teen prostitutes cited in appeal reply

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By: Rick Callahan/Associated Press

In this Nov. 19, 2015 file photo, former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle arrives at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis. Fogle is being sued by a girl who's one of the victims in the sex crimes case that sent him to prison for more than 15 years. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, March 15, 2016, names Fogle and the former head of his anti-obesity charity, Russell Taylor. It also names Taylor's wife. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have replied to former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle’s appeal of his more than 15-year sentence with a court filing that includes text messages illustrating his efforts to find teenagers for sex.

Monday’s filing with a federal appeals court includes one text in which Fogle asks an adult escort, “Did you find me some young girls or boys?”

The texts were part of Fogle’s November’s sentencing hearing. He pleaded guilty to distributing and receiving child pornography and traveling out of state to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

Fogle’s attorneys argued in February’s appeal of his sentence that a federal judge abused her authority by giving him a sentence three years longer than the maximum prosecutors had sought.

The prosecutors’ filing calls the judge’s sentencing decision “procedurally proper.”