INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has told a federal judge that he’s sticking with his decision to plead guilty to the child porn and sex crime charges that will likely be sending him to prison.
Fogle stood with his defense attorneys before the judge Thursday morning inside the Indianapolis federal courthouse. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt asked the 38-year-old Fogle whether he understood the possible penalties and still wished to plead guilty. Fogle responded “Yes your honor, I do.”
Experts are testifying on behalf of Jared Fogle during the former Subway pitchman’s sentencing hearing.
Defense attorneys say a forensic psychiatrist and a psychologist will testify during Thursday’s hearing before Fogle makes a statement.
Fogle’s attorneys have said in court documents that he suffers from hypersexuality and alcohol problems and is committed to receiving treatment for his medical conditions.
After a July raid of his suburban Indianapolis home, Fogle agreed in August to plead to one count each of travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution and receipt of child pornography. The case destroyed his Subway career.
Fogle will soon learn how much time he’ll spend in prison. Prosecutors want a 12 1/2-year sentence, while Fogle’s attorneys have asked for five years.
Fogle admitted paying for sex with girls as young as 16 and receiving child pornography produced by his charitable foundation’s former director.
He agreed to pay his 14 victims $100,000 each in restitution.