Ex-Subway Pitchman gets 15 years in prison for child porn charges

INDIANAPOLIS – Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced to over 15 years behind bars Thursday for child porn and sex crime charges after tearfully telling the judge he wants to become a “good, honest person.” “I want to redeem my life,” Fogle, his voice cracking with emotion as he wiped his eyes, told an Indianapolis courtroom during his sentencing. Fogle was sentenced to 188 months each after pleading guilty to one count of traveling to engage in sexual conduct with a minor and one count of receiving child pornography. He will serve his time concurrently, and won’t be eligible for parole before 13 years. His attorneys had asked for him to receive five years in prison, arguing that he’s already “lost everything” and will live with the consequences of his behavior for the rest of his life. Prosecutors sought 12-1/2 years.

Fogle was ordered into custody immediately, and the judge recommended he go to federal prison in Colorado with a sex offender treatment program. The diet guru’s weight loss journey made him a national celebrity before the child porn scandal brought an end to his career. Experts had testified Thursday that he fantasized about young girls and had a sex drive that ramped up after he begun shedding the pounds. Fogle recounted how he tried to live an honorable life before he was caught up in “deception, lies and complete self-centeredness.”  Since his arrest in August, he said, he’s “learned so much about the underage minors with whom I’ve paid to have sex with.” “Not a day will go by that I don’t think about them, what I did and the impact on their lives,” he added. Under a plea deal, he must also register as a sex offender after his release, have his digital devices monitored and pay a fine of $175,000.U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, in reviewing the case to the courtroom Thursday, said that the images involved children as young as 6. (NBC News).

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