Jared Fogle pleading guilty to child sex and porn charges

Jared Fogle pleading guilty to child sex and porn charges

Jared Fogle, who for years served as the spokesman for the sandwich chain Subway, is facing federal charges that he repeatedly paid to engage in sexually explicit acts with children and that he received and distributed child pornography, according to court documents.

Jared Fogle pleading guilty to child sex and porn charges
Jared Fogle pleading guilty to child sex and porn charges

Fogle, 37, will plead guilty to the charges, his attorney said Wednesday. He will also pay $1.4 million to 14 victims in restitution for counseling, support, treatment, or other assistance related to their victimization.

According to court documents released Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis, Fogle used Web sites to solicit commercial sex and traveled to engage in sexual acts with minors from 2007 until June 2015.

Jared Fogle pleading guilty to child sex and porn charges
Jared Fogle pleading guilty to child sex and porn charges

The documents also allege that Fogle received images and videos of nude children from Russell Taylor, who served as executive director of Fogle’s childhood obesity charity. Taylor also distributed pornographic images of children who were as young as six to Fogle, the documents allege.

“Today, Jared Fogle has been charged and has admitted to participating in a five-year criminal scheme to exploit children,” U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said at a news conference. “This is about using wealth, status, and secrecy to illegally exploit children.”

Jared Fogle pleading guilty to child sex and porn charges
Jared Fogle pleading guilty to child sex and porn charges

Fogle was charged Wednesday; he is expected to formally enter plea at a later date.

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