|Fogle leaving the federal courthouse (IndyStar/Charlie Nye Photo)|
A shocking federal indictment detailing former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle's sexual encounters with young victims in exchange for cash are laid out in a federal court filing made public today by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana as Fogle made his first court appearance to plead guilty to both receiving and distributing pornographic images produced by Russell Taylor, the former executive director of his nonprofit organization, The Jared Foundation, and traveling outside of Indiana to engage in sex with minors.
According to the first count of the federal complaint concerning the receipt and distribution of child pornography, Fogle was aware Taylor had secretly-recorded twelve minor victims while they were in his home. Taylor then shared videos of those secretly-recorded encounters with Fogle, as well as other child pornography Taylor had acquired depicting children engaged in sexually-explicit acts. Some of the victims depicted in those videos and images were as young as six years of age. The complaint charges that Fogle received and reviewed the videos approvingly instead of reporting Taylor to the appropriate authorities, resulting in there being more victims. Fogle is charged with sharing those videos and images with other persons.
The second count of the complaint charges Fogle with traveling to New York City to have sex with two minor girls, ages 16 and 17, at the Plaze Hotel on November 3, 2012 and November 4, 2012. The victims shared nude images of themselves with Fogle prior to the encounter. Fogle is accused of returning to New York on January 11, 2013 and paying to have sex with the 16-year old girl at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The second count of the allegation for traveling to engage in sex with a minor states that Fogle repeatedly solicited pay-for-sex opportunities with minors after first engaging in pay-for-sex encounters with adult escorts after confirming they weren't undercover police officers.
The first count of the indictment carries a prison term of 5 to 12 years, while the second count carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison according to a plea agreement obtained by Fox 59 News. Federal prosecutors are seeking up to a 12-year prison sentence but no less than five years and $1.4 million in restitution to pay $100,000 to each of the 14 victims, in addition to a fine of up to $250,000. Fox 59 News also reports that Fogle's wife, Katie, has filed for divorce. Fogle is being placed on home detention pending the acceptance of the plea agreement and his sentencing.
TMZ has posted a copy of the federal indictment here. The plea agreement can be viewed here.