New details of Jared Fogle’s child pornography case and plea

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NEW YORK — Ahead of his initial appearance in federal court Wednesday, former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that would see him serve between five and 12½ years in prison for handling child pornography and having sex with a minor.

The court will have to approve the agreement, in which Fogle pleads guilty to possessing and distributing child porn, and traveling across state lines to have sex with at least two teenage girls.

Under the plea deal, the government agrees to recommend less than 13 years in prison for Fogle.

Also, Fogle’s lawyers agree to ask the judge for no less than a 5-year prison term.

The agreement says Fogle will adhere to a pornography ban and sexual disorders treatment, and he will have no unsupervised visits with minors, among other requirements.

He will also pay $1.4 million to his victims.

Computer monitoring will be required, too.

According to the plea deal and indictment:

• Between 2011 and April 2015, Fogle received from multiple pornographic images of minors engaging in sexually explicit contact.

• Fogle had conversations with Taylor about the child porn, but instead of alerting authorities, he “chose to benefit from such production by obtaining access to a significant amount of such material.”

• The images and videos were recorded by Taylor at his home through the use of hidden cameras.

• Between 2010 and February 2013, Fogle traveled from Indiana to New York to pay to have sex with minors.

• One victim told investigators she had sex with Fogle twice when she was 17 in exchange for money, once at the Plaza Hotel and once at the Ritz Carlton, both in New York City.

• The same minor also said that Fogle had sex with her three other times before 2012, when she was 16.

• Prosecutors say that text messages, travel records, hotel records and a search of Fogle’s home provided evidence of these arrangements.

• The same minor said Fogle had sex with another 16-year-old girl on another occasion.

• Prosecutors say they have talked to witnesses who can testify about conversations Fogle had with them offering a “finder’s fee” for seeking minors for him.

Fogle became a household name as “Jared from Subway” after a dramatic weight loss that he attributed to eating at Subway restaurants.

He became famous in 2000 when the sandwich chain released a commercial centered on his claims that he dropped about 245 pounds, from a peak weight of 425, in one year as an Indiana University student, thanks in part to exercise and a simpler diet involving Subway subs.

The sandwich chain suspended its relationship with Fogle earlier this year after investigators raided his Indiana home.

The raid came more than two months after Russell C. Taylor, the executive director of the Jared Foundation, was arrested in Indianapolis on federal child pornography charges.

Authorities previously said that Taylor, 43, of Indianapolis, was charged in May with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

During an April search at Taylor’s home, authorities found “a cache of sexually explicit photos and videos Taylor allegedly produced by secretly filming minor children” there, federal prosecutors said in statement.

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